Saturday, January 28, 2023

Dread Winter Less...Fall in Love with Aikido

The most often used physical skill from Aikido, thankfully, is falling safely.  We all are subject to icy conditions in our climate, and as a practitioner of martial arts, your balance and sense of center are improved so slips are less frequent, but they still occur.  I have been practicing martial arts for almost 40years, and I just slipped in my driveway this week.  Considering I couldn't even get my car up the driveway, it should be less a shock that it could happen.  However, Aikido makes falling well instinct.  Which is good because there precious is little time to think on the way down.  What easily could have been an injury is a nothing-event because my body knew what to do.  

As the old proverb goes, the best time to plant a tree is 20years ago, the second best time is now.  Come join us for a class, plant that tree of instinct and learn to nurture it..

Beginners are always welcome!  Learn more here:

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Off on a Tangent

Describing the path of nage's (defender) lead and uke flow for Ushiro Tekube/Hiji/Kata Tori Kokyu Nage.  Aikido is often described in books as being all about circles.  Practice tells us the most interesting things happen when uke (the attacker) enters and exits the circle.  Physics tells us objects leaving a circle want to continue on a path tangent to the point of exit and vice versa for entering the circle.  Don't fight physics.  It is our friend.


You don't need to be a mathematician to practice Aikido, but having paid half-attention in geometry and physics classes in grade school doesn't hurt.  :)



We've added a video to our YouTube Channel to help visualize this concept. 


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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Along the Path


Looking for a full body workout that simultaneously engages the mind? Aikido is not just self defense but it is a great way to get and stay fit, build flexibility, and connect the mind and body.

Learning a martial art like Aikido Kokikai® is often described as climbing a mountain, which in many ways bears some truth. But what is often not said is what you find along that path. You find community, friends, family with those making the trek with you. With each step you become healthier not only physically but mentally and spiritually.

Take that first step at Aikido Kokikai of Rochester. Learn more at

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

What's your character?

 Beginners welcome! 

Weekly classes for adults on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays evenings. 

No experience necessary.

Monday, June 13, 2022

No Classes Tuesday June 14th, 2022 (Chase Corporate Challenge street closures)

The Chase Corporate Challenge is Tuesday June 14th.  The course closes down and makes a general mess out of the area immediately around our dojo and the police tend to close streets even earlier than posted.  So, no class Tuesday, June 14th (tomorrow … or today if you are reading this a few hours from now).


See you on the mat Wednesday or Thursday!