Akido of Hilo Offering Women Free Classes During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

To honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Aikido of Hilo will be offering women free Aikido classes for the month of October.

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Observed each year in October, DVAM grew out of a single day, the “Day of Unity” in October 1981 organized by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to connect groups that worked to end violence against women and children. The first observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month took place in October 1987, and two years later in 1989, Congress passed a commemorative legislation designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Aikido is the martial art of peace and reconciliation.  It teaches us that we should concentrate not on harming others, but on protecting them.  We learn that aggression breeds greater aggression and that kindness also will be returned by others.  Rather than harming another and causing resentment, we are taught to neutralize physical and mental aggression and avoid injury to the attacker and ourselves,” said Aikido of Hilo Chief Instructor Barbara Klein.

Klein and her husband, Dr. Robert Klein, both have 6th Degree Black Belts and have been training in Aikido for over 40 years.  They have been teaching the martial art in Hilo since 1980.

“We are honored to help spread awareness about ending violence against women and children.  We invite everyone to come and learn about bringing more peace and harmony into their lives and openly offer women the opportunity to take classes for free in October,” said Klein.

To find out more about Aikido of Hilo and the free October classes for women call Barbara Klein at 935-2454.

Aikido of Hilo Hosted Its Annual Osensei Memorial Seminar

Aikido of Hilo hosted its annual Osensei Memorial Seminar April 27-28, 2013. Acclaimed aikido practitioner and Buddhist scholar, John Stevens was hosted as guest instructor. Stevens is a 7th degree black belt in aikido and a world renowned master instructor. He was a noted professor of Buddhist Studies at Tohoku Fukushi University, in Sendai, Japan and has written over 30 books on Aikido, Buddhism and Asian culture.

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Every year, aikido dojos around the world commemorate the passing of the Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, Osensei, which took place April 26, 1969. This year, practitioners from around the Big Island came to Hilo to practice aikido and learn some of the deeper philosophical teachings of the art. On the last day of the seminar, aikido students and the general public were treated to a class in Zenga (Zen brush art), taught by Stevens. “It’s an honor for us to receive instruction in Hilo from someone like Stevens Sensei,” said Aikido of Hilo student, Andrew Arakawa.

Developed early in the 20th century, aikido principles were so profound and its martial art techniques so effective that there was tremendous public demand.  In the 1950s, aikido teachings were made public and have spread to become popular worldwide.

“Aikido is an art of peace and reconciliation. It’s important to have teachers like Stevens Sensei reinforce principles that we can all practice in the dojo and our daily lives”, said Klein Sensei. For more information about aikido visit www.AikidoOfHilo.org or contact Barbara Klein Sensei at 935-2454.

 

Akido of Hilo Opens New Year with Traditional Japanese Kagami Biraki – “Opening the Mirror” Ceremony

Aikido of Hilo opened up the New Year with a traditional Japanese Kagami Biraki, “opening the mirror,” Ceremony. For many martial arts dojo the ceremony signifies their first practice of the New Year. Aikido of Hilo also used the ceremony as an opportunity to recognize students that had successfully passed their rank tests last November.

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Since 1980, Aikido of Hilo has been teaching Aikido under the guidance of Chief Instructor Barbara Klein and her husband Robert Klein. Both Kleins hold sixth degree black belts and have been training in Aikido for over 40 years.

The philosophy of Aikido teaches that budo (the martial way) should concentrate not on harming others, but on protecting them. “Rather than harming another and causing resentment, we are taught to neutralize physical and mental aggression avoiding injury to ourselves and the attacker,” said Barbara Klein.

Klein went on to say, “Aikido is an effective self-defense and a path of development, integrating the whole person, physically, mentally and spiritually; fostering greater self-confidence, enhanced awareness, stress reduction, mental relaxation, enhanced interpersonal relational skills, greater respect for others and a harmonious attitude. Physically, it develops strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, balance, coordination, and muscular relaxation. Through aikido training, the practitioner becomes a more integrated individual, with improved abilities to function within and contribute to their local community and the world at large.”

Aikido of Hilo offers classes for all levels and ages six years old and older at its dojo located at 29 Shipman Street in Hilo and at the Green Church Studio in Waimea. For more information call Barbara at 935-2454.