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.

Weapons/Basics Seminar Pics

sensei playing some jazz the night of the testing with his UT jazz faculty colleagues

Victor (3rd Kyu) and Sensei

Shane (5th Kyu) and Sensei

Donovan (6th Kyu) and Sensei

Chuck (1st Kyu) and Sensei

A very good weekend for training in a combination of basics and weapons. Congrats to all who tested and passed. Here are some pictures:

September Aikido Seminars with Bill Gleason Sensei

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Cleveland Aikikai and Oberlin Aikido Club are pleased to announce an upcoming seminar with William Gleason sensei on September 17 through 20, 2009. He has been visiting Oberlin and Cleveland for years and we feel very fortunate that he continues to share his comprehensive knowledge of the art with our community. The seminar keiko schedule is as follows: Cleveland Aikikai dojo at 3965 Mayfield Road, in Cleveland Heights, OH 44121: Thursday, September 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. This special class fee is $25 per student. Due to limited space, please register in advance. Oberlin Aikido Club dojo, Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 W Lorain St., Oberlin, OH 44074 Seminar fee $100, or $30 per class. Friday, September 18, evening class at 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 19, morning class at 10 to 12 p.m., and afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 20, morning class at 10 to 1 p.m.

Apparently Bill Sensei is teaching a seminar in CA on 9/10. Aiki Journal doesn't list Oberlin or the Toledo seminar. Shobu of Boston lists only the September Toledo seminar. Confused yet?

I've sent Bill Sensei a email inquiring about the schedule and will update this if I hear back.

Until then does anyone have more info?


An Interview with Jay Weik for the Toledo Evolutionary Bodywork Alliance

This is a new video about both the Aikido dojo and the Zen Center that is from a local group I have helped create called the Toledo Evolutionary Bodywork Alliance. It is made up of a number of resonant folks who have banded together to help increase community awareness of what we do, including yoga, massage, hypnotherapy, energy healing and Nia. I hope you enjoy!

- Jay

Gleason Sensei at the Shobu Gasshuku in Boston Summer 2009

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We shot this after regular class at the recent summer shobu gasshuku in Boston. Folks taking the Ukemi are Robert Liberti, myself and then Gordon Fontaine. Enjoy!

- Jay


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