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The Bushokan Dojo, which means “house of respect for all martial arts”. Bushokan Dojo is an affiliate of Doshinkan Aikido International Association, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Aikido, which in Japanese translates as “the way of harmony“, is not a static art, but places emphasis the dynamics of movement for defense and resolution to conflict. Doshinkan aikido, a style aligned to Yoshinkan aikido, evolved from the ancient martial art Daito-Ryu aikijujutsu. It is both a soft, flowing art, yet a hard style of aikido.

Classes are held

  • Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
  • Advanced Class 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Visitors are welcome! Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday classes.

Where: Havertown Health and Fitness at 34 Brookline Blvd., Havertown, PA. Classes are open to all levels. For more information: email: rweinmann@gmail.com

Try It! Like any activity you should give it a try before you buy equipment or full memberships.

Benefits include: physical fitness, mental focus, self-defense skills, and personal growth.

What do I need to do for my first classes? Come ready to move and learn! Wear loose fitting sweat pants and the tee shirt. Take off any jewelry, and tie back any long hair. That’s it!

What are classes like?

A newcomer to an Aikido class will notice the special atmosphere — both welcoming and formal. Since Aikido is an ancient and formal Japanese discipline, traditional etiquette forms are an important part of Aikido study. Classes begin with students first bowing to the front of the dojo (practice hall), and then to Sensei (teacher). Class consist of warm-ups, basic movements, concepts of Aikido, and Aikido techniques with partners. Class ends with a bowing ceremony. The key is to relax.

No need to worry, everyone had to start sometime!

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