Free Aikido classes offered to youths and adults |

Free Aikido classes offered to youths and adults

In the month of January, Blue Lake Aikido, 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., is offering two free aikido classes, one for youth and one for adults. Youths ages 8 to 13 and adults of all ages are invited to participate in a basic self-protection class. In the class 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, at work and at home.

Youth are invited to attend from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and adults from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Jan. 9. Participants should wear warm clothing. Each class will be followed by a short question and answer period. Observers are welcome and parents are encouraged to watch.

In conjunction with the free aikido class, Blue Lake Aikido will offer all new students who sign up in January the month of February free — a value of $75.

For more information regarding the January free class and to make reservations call (530) 544-0202.

Aikido is an ethical philosophy based on the practical application of non-violence. 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 Mark and Jen Dulyanai. They are both professional full-time aikido instructors and both hold the rank of second degree black belt. Collectively, they have more than 17 years of experience.

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