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Free Aikido classes for kids and adults

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Blue Lake Aikido offers two free aikido classes the first Thursday of every month at the studio, 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., upstairs. Youths ages 8 to 13 and adults of all ages are invited to participate in a basic self-protection class. The next free classes will take place March 6.

Classes for youths are scheduled from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and adults from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Participants should wear loose clothing. Each class will be followed by a short question and answer period. Observers are welcome and parents are encouraged to watch. For more information call (530) 544-0202.

Participants will practice how to become more aware of their surroundings, what it is to be “centered,” getting to the ground safely, using their voices and a basic self-protection technique called sumiotoshi. There will be an emphasis on applying the lessons to real life situations — at school, work and home.

Aikido is an ethical philosophy based on the practical application of nonviolence. The physical techniques are based not on power, but on natural movements and the fluid movement of energy from one’s center. Through aikido one will learn to move with total freedom, unrestrained by strict forms. Grace comes in the form of flowing movements. Power comes from the confidence of knowing that one is safe.

The directors of Blue Lake Aikido are the husband and wife team of of Jen and Mark Aikido. They are professional full-time aikido instructors and both hold the rank of second degree black belt. They have more than 17 years of experience between them.