Our New Location! Early 2016!
4,300 Sq. Ft. Building 1,600 Sq. Ft. Sprung Floor Mat System
“I would like to introduce you to the future of Aikido of Charlotte! We are almost done with construction of this 4,300 sq. ft. building (a little less than half will be a production studio) The Dojo will include changing rooms, shower, kitchen area, LED lighting, Ceiling Fans & a 1,600 sq. ft sprung floor mat system with 72 Zebra Mats, which will be the largest martial arts mat system of this kind in NC & SC. Stay tuned on more announcements regarding our Grand Opening / Open House, Inaugural Seminar with Andy Demko, 7th Dan, Shihan, USAF Technical Committee & our 2016 Q1 Community Self Defense Class!
Thank you to our students for being so dedicated to this cause and for giving me a place to share this wonderful martial art with our Chief Instructor, Dennis Main, 6th Dan, Shidoin, USAF.”
…Jonathan Weiner, 4th Dan, Fukushidoin | Dojo Cho
In all aspects of our lives, it’s important that we care for our heads. It’s the origin of such phrases reminding us to keep our head “in the game” and “out of the clouds.” They’re good reminders of the importance of remaining focused on the task at hand. Most of...
In Aikido, Hakamas generally are associated with ‘Yudansha’ or Black Belt Ranks. In the United States Aikido Federation, especially at major seminars, you will only see Black Belts in Hakamas. It is a sign of experience. It is a symbol of proficiency in your nage skills but more so in...
Tonight, we really focused on ‘precision’ in our techniques both as nage and uke. It’s human tendency to want to speed up, rush, hurry and get to the finish line but when you slow down and focus on specific details and work on being precise in your attack, your technique,...
Having taken 5 Kyu Tests and training for my last Kyu test (1st Kyu) sometime in the future, here are some pointers I wanted to share with my Kohai. In Martial Arts, especially Aikido these are the guidelines you want to follow: 1. You never should ask to be tested...
I don’t know what it is about the 1993 movie ‘Rudy’, for those that haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Click Here for Plot. It’s one of the few movies that I get choked up and emotional at the end. Some of us have a hard time relating. I...
When you join Aikido of Charlotte not only do you get the benefit of being taught by superior instructors, you are actually joining a community of practitioners who’s relationships extend beyond the edge of the mat. You become friends, co-workers, almost like a family…participating in each others lives outside the dojo.- Jim Plunkett, 3rd Kyu
Aikido of Charlotte is the first school I have visited in a very long time that made me feel comfortable learning at my own pace – the instruction is excellent and there is also no feeling of needing to prove yourself or to be the new “tough guy” in the class.- Kristen Stone, 5th Kyu
“I’d like to thank Aikido Charlotte for an enlightening and informative self defense class, that I attended. I loved the professionalism and practical knowledge I learned from the class. I feel much more confident from what I learned in a few hours. Sensei D. Main and Sensei J. Weiner were extremely informative and helpful in their instruction and gave great advice during the practice sessions. I’d highly recommend the course and am considering enrolling in the school as a result. Thanks again!”- Debbie B, Self Defense Class Student