There are currently openings for Adult and Children students. Interested candidates are invited to observe a class. The dojo is co-located with the Toledo Zen Center at 6537 Angola Road Holland, OH 43558

Aikido is a non-competitive martial art that can be practiced by almost anyone. Aikido techniques do not rely on physical strength but rather develops relaxed power through the focus of intention and Ki. The result is a creative method of non-destructive conflict resolution.

Aikido is practiced on many levels. The first level is includes the development of stamina, flexibility, and learning how to focus one's intention. The second level is built on the first and stresses self-defense techniques that teach the natural order of movement. In this process the students also become adept at ukemi, the art of rolling, falling and protecting oneself. Aikido provides the opportunity for the development of the entire person. It is a workout of the entire body and mind and results in increased strength, overall physically fitness, flexibility and centeredness.

At the third level students are gradually introduced to the secrets of receiving and harnessing the power of ki, they also develop spatial awareness and learn to judge proper timing and distance. During this training the goal is to establish and maintain an energetic connection to your partner and to lead them off balance. This eliminates the need for more destructive means of resolving situations.

The highest level of aikido is mind over matter. This involves the use of visualization techniques, the power of intention and ki, breath control and meditation. Aikido is truly a spiritual martial art that explores themind - body - spirit connection. This advanced level of training at Shobu Aikido reaches a level not easily found elsewhere. The student learns how to manifest power and effectiveness by the focusing of intention alone. This level depends on and can only be reached through the refinement of technique and the students own deepest feeling. For this reason it alternates between the physical and the spiritual.

In the process of practicing aikido, students inevitably find themselves less stressed and more energetic, better equipped to manage life's many conflicts with calm control. Aikido is great for adults and kids alike because practice encourages respect for self and others, self control, cooperation and responsibility.

Gasshuku or weekend long intensive seminars with William Gleason Sensei are available seasonally.

Children's aikido classes provide a friendly, non-competitive environment for students to become more physically fit, agile, flexible, aware, focused, and relaxed. They learn how to safely fall, roll and perform a variety of self-defense techniques in a supportive, comfortable setting, and parents like Aikido because kids learn how to be powerful without becoming destructive.

Dojo Kitchen


I spent some time Sunday cleaning out the refrigerator and garbage at the Dojo. I ended up throwing out lots of moldy containers of fruit and many open containers of salsa along with misc expired items. I attempted to organize the remaining items i.e. beer and condiments and clean what was reachable. A couple of things I'd like dojo community help with -

Fridge -
Please mark the top of a shared containers of food with your initials and the date it was opened, this makes cleanup and safe sharing possible.

Recycling -
There are two containers in the kitchen, one is for garbage, and a smaller one for recyclable items. There is also a grocery bag for cardboard and paper. I'd like to continue to help recycle glass, plastic and cardboard from the dojo. If everyone could rinse empty beverage containers before recycling it will cut down on the smell, fruit flies and possible leaking of those items while they wait for me or someone else to take them away.

Dishes, utensils and glasses -
The sink area space is very limited. It would be nice if everyone would clean up as they use dishes, glasses and utensils. Those times when cleanup can't happen it would be nice if the two grey tubs located on top of the fridge or under the table could be used to temporarily store the dirty items until they can be cleaned. This will free up access to the sink and aide the next person that is cleaning. If possible please scrape and rinse items before utilizing these "overflow" containers.

Thanks everyone!

1 comment:

Chuck Greer said...

Thanks Bob!!
I know I have put things away in the fridge and not marked them. I think if we had a lanyard for a sharpie to mark things hanging on the fridge, that would make things easier. I will look for some device to attach a marker in that area.


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