When are classes held?
Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday from 7:30PM to 9:00PM, and Saturday from 9:00AM to 10:00AM at the Martial Arts Fitness Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Observers, beginners, and guests are sincerely invited and always welcome. No uniform is required to start, sweatshirt and sweatpants are suggested for beginners as some techniques involve grabbing lapels and clothing.
Where to find us
Aikido of Rochester practices at the Martial Arts Fitness Center located on South Broadway by Walmart South, at 2849 S. Broadway - Rochester, MN 55904.
The membership fee is $75 per month and entitles the member to attend as many or as few classes as they want. We allow the beginners to try the first several classes for free.
Why study aikido?
Aikido offers practical self-defense, but more importantly, it teaches self-improvement. Aikido is more than the study of physical techniques; proper etiquette, attitude, and behavior are also emphasized. Throwing and falling are stressed equally since your partner is not an opponent, but an assistant. You acquire the technique by being thrown and practice the technique by throwing. Aikido improves not only physical conditioning, but mental conditioning as well.
Aikido is for people of all ages. Our club however requires a minimum age of 15 years.
It is often difficult for children to learn the more complex movements used in Aikido. Especially the young children often get frustrated with the required repetition of movements. Therefore, children are ideally taught in a different manner than adults. Unfortunately, our club does not currently have the capacity to hold separate classes for children.