ON KON DOJO
WHO ARE WE?
The On Kon Dojo Martial Arts Association is a non-profit organization that offers classes for both Aikido and Iaido. All classes are instructed by Sensei David Kai and Senior Students.
WHO CAN JOIN?
Classes are provided for students ranging in age from 4 years old to adult. No previous martial arts experience necessary to attend.
WHEN & WHERE ARE CLASSES?
Aikido training classes for both children and adults are held at the Bruderheim Community Hall. Classes are held on Tuesday & Thursday evenings, along with Saturday morning classes.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
The On Kon Dojo Martial Arts Association takes pride in keeping costs as low as possible to make it an affordable family program.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Besides the physical benefits of regular exercise, this Aikido program is a unique experience for both the young and old. Not only is there an opportunity for individual advancement, but the students work together as a team – a family. The program fosters an environment for students to become mentors with their peers. The program builds confidence and exposes each student to unique individual challenges and successes. The On Kon Dojo organization strives to be an active participant in Bruderheim and surrounding communities.
Literally translated, Aikido means the Way (Do) to Harmony (Ai) with Life Energy (Ki). In Aikido, there are numerous different types of techniques, each expressing a different type of harmonious movement. Many techniques focus on empty-handed movement, while others focus on the movements associated with wooden Tanto, Bokken, and Jo.
The uniqueness of Aikido is that it does not oppose force but harmonizes with it, redirecting and neutralizing a partner's force. Aikido techniques are the dynamic application of natural law, reflecting the ebbs and flows, curves, waves and spirals of nature. Aikido training develops flexibility, relaxation, strength without aggression and a vibrant integration of body, mind and spirit. Aikido training is a practical exploration of personal and social responsibility and provides tools for living more harmoniously with ourselves and others in the larger world.
Iaido is a Japanese martial art that was once associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. Modern Iaido is an expression of Moving Zen. It is taught using forms, known as Kata, in which the only opponent is the Self. In the beginning, students may start learning with a bokken (wooden sword). Student’s may also choose to practice with a Iaito (an unsharpened sword) or a Shinken (a sharpened steel sword).
The primary emphasis in Iaido is on the psychological state of being present. The secondary emphasis is on controlling the breath. The tertiary emphasis is on drawing the sword and developing the self. Starting positions are derived from everyday sitting or standing positions.
Classes will resume on September 24, 2015 at the Bruderheim Community Hall.
This year’s calendar is online and can be viewed through the link below.