HealthQuest is extremely fortunate to have as its Aikido instructor, a Hachidan (8th degree blackbelt), the highest rank granted and one of only three in the world. Our instructor is a model not only to his students but to other instructors in Aikido. Higher quality instruction in Aikido will not be found anywhere and this is offered to both members and non-members.
Aikido focuses on helping the individual realize their strongest state. Students are guided toward this goal through instruction of exercises and techniques which results in being more aware of breath, relaxation and center. As they train, students develop calmness, grace and strength under pressure. They are able to achieve clarity and therefore respond calmly. Their newfound strength allows them to defend against much larger attackers. Self-defense techniques are performed efficiently and effectively. Minimum effort results in maximum effect.
Aikido teaches self-defense against both single and multiple attackers, with and without weapons. All attacks (grabs, pushes, punches, kicks and weapons) have weak or blind spots. We teach how to take advantage of these weak spots, upset the attackers balance and use techniques to establish control.
Learning to relax, to develop a coordinated mind and body, to defend yourself, to develop confidence, to develop discipline are all reasons to begin practice. Students remark at how applying these principles helps them in everyday life.
All HQ members are welcome to watch and try our class. Begin Aikido and experience your most powerful state when mind and body act together.
A Proud & Pure Lineage
HealthQuest’s Instructor Rick Goodman Sensei is one of the 3 highest ranked Kokikai Aikido instructors in the world. He has trained for over 35 years with the founder of Kokikai Aikido, Osensei Shuji Maruyama, who has trained for over 60 years and was uchi-deshi (esteemed apprentice) to Osensei Morihei Ueshiba – the founder of all Aikido.
The benefits of Aikido are many and can last a lifetime. Aikido focus on coordinating mind and body as one to develop calmness, grace and strength under pressure in daily life.
Child: Ages 7-15 years
Adult: Ages 13 and up
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Students must only wear approved uniforms that are clean and in good repair. Aikido kids’ uniforms can be purchased at HealthQuest for $45. Prices for adult uniforms may vary. T-shirts must be worn under their uniforms. Students must have trimmed nails and long hair must be neatly secured. No jewelry of any kind is permitted. Bare feet are only permitted in the martial arts room.
Progress is measured by the award of color belts in accordance with the knowledge, skill, time and effort the student has dedicated to the program. Belt promotions are awarded upon the successful understanding of Judo knowledge relative to their age and the required material at their belt level. There will be a $10 belt fee for any student advancing to the next belt color.
Aikido programming is included in HealthQuest membership. Non-members of the club can take part in Aikido programming for $70/month.