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Please direct any questions about Aikido and the club to the mailing list

Summer 2015 Schedule (June 1 - August 28)

Primary Practices Led by Sensei Ebon Phoenix and Sensei Williamson
Martial Arts Room, JHU Rec Center.
  • Monday: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
Aikido Open Mat E-mail the list if you want to practice!
Martial Arts Room, JHU Rec Center.
  • Monday- Wednesday: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:30-12:00
About The Club

We are an official Johns Hopkins University Graduate Student Representative Organization (GRO) group formed to study and practice Aikido, the Japanese martial art of harmony. Our club is recognized by the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) through Baltimore Aikido and our members can optionally become ASU members and test test at JHU for official rank. In our club we train safely to develop good physical conditioning and self-defense skills. We always try to have fun, and we do not compete with each other. All JHU students are welcome, and no experience in Aikido or other martial arts is required to join the group.

Aikido is a defense-oriented Japanese martial art which has its origins in
Jujitsu and draws on many other martial arts. In our club we practice:
 * classic free-hand Aikido techniques,
 * breakfalls and escape rolls,
 * weapon techniques with wooden staffs (jo) and practice swords (bokken),
 * defense against multiple attackers (randori),
 * posture and balance in martiality,
 * grappling techniques,
 * ground fighting,
 * and body conditioning.

Our classes are run by two experienced Aikido instructors, Sensei Ebon Phoenix and Sensei Jesse Williamson. Sensei Phoenix has studied martial arts for over thirty years. He holds black belts in Aikido, Jujitsu, and Karate, and has studied boxing and kickboxing as well. Sensei Williamson has studied martial arts for twenty five years. He holds a black belt in Aikido and has rank in Karate and Jujutsu.
 
We meet twice per week on JHU's Homewood campus, twice a week a Baltimore Institute of Martial Arts or BIOMA (5721 Pimlico Road)near Pimlico Race Track, and occasionally at Baltimore Aikido in Woodberry (1750 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211) on the west bank of the Jones Falls. If you do plan on attending, please subscribe to the mailing list for schedule updates, room changes, and additional meetings.
 
For more information about Aikido, check it out on wikipedia or watch this great documentaryFor a more technical introduction to the principles of aikido watch this excellent video featuring Saotome Sensei, original student of aikido's founder Morichei Ueshiba, and teacher of our club's instructors Sensei Phoenix and Sensei Williamson.

Etiquette
You are not expected to know all of the relevant etiquette when you first show up, but please respect your peers and the visiting Senseis. Please be ready to start promptly at the beginning of practice. If you have any questions about the etiquette, feel free to ask any of the group officers or post a message to the mailing list. 

Some practices to observe:
  • Before stepping onto the mat, wait for the Sensei to motion for you to enter, and when you do, it is polite to bow momentarily after stepping onto the mat.
  • If you arrive late, or need to re-enter the mat, kneel at the edge of the mat, and wait for the Sensei to motion for you to enter. It is the Sensei's responsibility to make sure it is safe for you to enter.  

FAQs
Does it cost any money to attend?
The JHU Aikido Club does not require any fees from JHU students and staff, but the club is open to donations from its members.

Additionally, practices held in the JHU Rec Center are only open to those with valid Rec Center membership. Most full-time undergraduate and graduate students have membership included in their tuition, but check the Rec Center website for more details. Non-members can attend practice in the Rec Center only if a member purchases a guest pass for them ($5) and escorts them while on the premises.

The JHU Aikido Club would not be possible without funding from various JHU organizations like the Graduate Student Representative Organization (GRO)

Note however, that there are costs associated with ASU membership and testing for rank. Ask one of the club officers for more information.

How do I join? 
Just show up! But it would be helpful if you posted something on the mailing list, or e-mailed another member first.

What should I wear?
Initially, you can just come in normal work-out clothes, but we suggest long sleeves and long pants like sweatpants. Later on, if you decide you want to get more serious, you can purchase a Gi. A good local resource for martial arts clothing and equipment in Baltimore is Kiyota Co. on N. Charles St. Attire for our club and most dojos (like Baltimore Aikido) includes a white Gi, but if you want to practice outdoors, having an additional black Gi is convenient. More advanced members may wear Hakama at the discretion of the Senseis.

How do I get ranked?
Since JHU Aikido is officially recognized by the ASU, testing for rank can be done on JHU's campus by the visiting senseis from Baltimore Aikido. If you plan on testing for rank at some point in the future, please make sure you join the Google Group mailing list and that your attendance is noted at practice.

How long does it take to get a black belt?
If you have one eye fixed on the destination, there is only one eye left to find the way.

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Go Avi! Please help fund our new dojo effort and young working professionals and college age mentors like Avi at https://www.gofundme.com/jhuaikido.
 
Congrats to Avi Phoenix for completing his 6th Kyu Test! Thanks again to all eight test takers!
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Feel your power! Go to https://www.gofundme.com/jhuaikido and give a donation. Support our move to establish a proper dojo space and expanded programs and offerings. Thanks for your continued support!
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Congratulations to the latest round of advancing students!
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Come to the first class of summer where we'll be giving an introduction to Aikido!
JHU Aikido Introductory Class 1
Mon, June 10, 2013, 6:00 PM
Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center JHU Homewood Campus 3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218

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The first Fall 2012 class will take place Monday, September 10th, in the new martial arts room in the JHU Rec Center!
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The Fall Schedule has been finalized!

Mondays: 6pm to 8pm
Tuesdays: 6pm to 7pm
Wednesdays: 6pm to 7pm

Practices will take place in the JHU Rec Center ( web.jhu.edu/recreation ).

A big thanks to Hopkins Taekwondo ( www.jhu.edu/tclub ) for helping us get these time slots!
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JHU Aikido is the Johns Hopkins Aikido club started by a handful of graduate students about four years ago. They invited senior ASU instructors from Baltimore Aikido to come and lead Instruction. Now due to limitations in the recreation center, and the inability to expand their class offerings an...
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