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Aikido, "The Way of Love and Harmony," is a defensive martial art based on the principals of harmony and non-resistance.
AIKIDO CLASSES IN THUNDER BAY
Aikido, "The Way of Love and Harmony", is a defensive martial art based on the principals of harmony and non-resistance. The effortless and circular motion of Aikido techniques allow one to neutralize an attacker using throws, controlling techniques, and pressure to key body points. Grand Master Soengkono gives clear and fascinating instructions on all aspects of this unique martial art. He teaches how to move along with an aggressive force, rather than opposing it, thereby neutralizing the attack -- when pushed, an Aikidoka will turn and blend with the force, when pulled, the Aikidoka will move forward and redirect the force. Furthermore, Shihan Soengkono teaches Aikido body conditioning exercises, rolling and breakfalls, stances and reflexes, and the theories of "ki" (internal power) and "centre" that enable you to deflect and direct an attacker into your sphere of control and strength.
At the intermediate level, Grand Master Soengkono delves deeper into one-on-one defensive techniques, giving instruction on circular movements, joint locks, pressure points, throwing techniques, and numerous techniques for fighting from the ground. At the advanced level, the theories of circularity, control and extension of power are applied to knife and gun-wielding attackers. Techniques involving weapons such as the Jo (walking staff), bokken (wooden sword), tanto (knife) and clubs or sticks, are taught in conjunction with empty hand techniques. Furthermore, the advanced Aikidoka becomes a tornado of centrifugal force that can redirect and control all attacks against two, three, four, or more attackers! Here, Grand Master Soengkono brings insight into the Aikido theory of "unification of mind and body."
Aikido inspires an attitude of calmness, flexibility and strength of spirit, resulting in greater awareness and self control in the face of violence. The development of this attitude demands an evolving sense of self-discipline, resulting in greater self-confidence.
WE OFFER CLASSES FOR MEMBERS OF ALL AGES, SKILL & FITNESS LEVELS, IN A NON-INTIMIDATING, FAMILY-ORIENTED, TEAM ENVIRONMENT.
We all train together like a team. The more experienced members spar and help the newest members. Although we take our training seriously,
we make sure that you have a ton of fun while you get in the best shape of your life.
The name, "Aikido", is composed of three Japanese word: ai, meaning harmony, ki, meaning spirit or energy, and do, the path, system or way.
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From the beginning, Grand Master Soengkono, the instructors and the students made us feel very welcome. Grand Master Soengkono treats everyone with the greatest respect and is a "master" of making all feel at ease.
Dan Newton (Lawyer), Thunder Bay
Master is constantly surveying the class, looking for negatives and positives, he will correct the negatives in private and praise your skills in front of the class. The definition of a mentor is, “a wise and trusted counsellor and teacher”.
Robert Sheppard, City of Thunder Bay Firefighter
Master Song instils a great desire to excel in all aspects of life, and has a true talent for motivating his students.
Constable Craig Town and Family, Thunder Bay
Grandmaster Soengkono has without a doubt had an enormous positive impact on my life.
Mario Nucci, MD, Thunder Bay
My skills and techniques that I displayed in the presence of this unassuming and gentle man were absorbed, my words and thoughts were considered, and amid his vast background of experience based knowledge, he shared moments with me that I shall never forget.
Dr. Robert R. Rail, Surviving the International War Zone
I continue to be impressed with GrandMastser Soengkono's integrity, work ethic, community spirit and his grace.
Keith Hobbs, Mayor, City of Thunder Bay
I am truly impressed with the calibre of his teaching methods, his communication with his students, the respect shown to him as an individual, the passion he leaves with his students and the benefits the students gain as an overall individual.
Rebecca Johnson, Councillor at Large, City of Thunder Bay
The school instills traditional wisdom and values in students and blends this with modern strategies for self improvement and achievement in any endeavor.
Dr. Peter and Shelley Jacobson, Thunder Bay
Grand Master Soengkono has created such a positive, supportive, fun atmosphere at the dojo, and I always look forward to class.