The Boulder Ki Aikido dojo is offering special child/parent classes for the month of February: the entire month, or any portion, for $20. (For children between 6 and 12 years old. Younger siblings may participate as well, if parent/guardian is willing to care for them as needed.) Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Ki Aikido is a powerful form of self-defense that does not rely on methods of force-meeting-force, which ultimately only serve to perpetuate the cycles of violence. Instead, through a form that truly blends "martial" and "art," practitioners of Ki Aikido learn to meet conflict boldly from a place of awareness and calmness. Ki Aikido teaches you to redirect negative energy in a way that keeps you safe and also begins to show an attacker/partner more peaceful ways of moving through the world.
The benefits extend way beyond the dojo and can shape how we inhabit the world. In the words of some of our participants:
"Oh, I get it! The best way to defeat an enemy is to make him your friend." -- Gabriel, age 6
"Last night at bedtime Landryk was afraid to go to sleep in case he had any bad dreams. I suggested he use the Ki Aikido technique of blending with the attacker's energy, turning tenkan, and being curious, asking questions. He used the technique effectively in two dreams!
"In one, he turned an evil giant into a good guy, like his daddy whom he was able to even cuddle with. The giant later was turning back into more of a bad guy, but L felt like he was safe and that the giant would not harm him. In another dream, an aggressive cat kept being aggressive, but L moved so the cat was more in a 'heel' position. L was able to follow his energy without being attacked, and said that as he was able to follow him, he reached out to pet him: 'He was soft!' L said.
"Thank you for the teachings you are providing to my whole family!"
RSVP here, or call 720.288.0233 to register in advance.
Ki-Aikido is a defensive martial art seeking the most peaceful and fluid resolution to any type of conflict. Using the natural power of gravity, timing and circular movements, we train to co-ordinate mind and body.
Ki-Aikido is beneficial for everyone regardless of size, age, gender or physical ability.
The child/parent classes in particular are also just fun!
Going beyond the advantage of learning to defend yourself, Ki-Aikido also helps you to function better in your everyday world, to build confidence, raise your level of physical fitness, as well as teach a new way to handle conflicts and other difficult situations.
Fortunately, most of us will never need the physical combat skills of Aikido outside the dojo. However, our daily lives can be greatly enriched by the calmness and inner strength developed through the practice of Aikido. Many of the Ki development techniques taught in class can be practiced and beneficially applied in the normal course of daily living. Being aware that the study and practice of Ki-Aikido need not be confined to the dojo will enhance your progress and the benefits you obtain. The diligent study of Ki-Aikido can lead to a more vigorous, confident, and spirited way of life.
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