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Students begin their training developing self-defense skills that rely on form, timing and coordination. Effectiveness does not rely on size and strength making Aikido accessible to all.
Training challenges both the body and mind bringing fitness beyond just the physical. Over time Aikido provides an opportunity for deep personal growth that benefits health, confidence, calmness, focus and a refreshing appreciation for each and every moment.
We aim to calm the mind, see things just as they are, and act decisively in even the most intense of situations.
Beginners are always welcome. Attending our regularly scheduled classes, beginner students are safely guided and supported as they are immersed in Aikido training. For beginners, early emphasis is placed on learning to roll and fall, on basic body movement, and on relaxation. These are foundational elements of Aikido practice.
Zazen is seated meditation. We offer Zazen as a complimentary means of training our mind alongside Aikido.
We medidate on being present in the moment.
We hear the sounds of the city around us and recognize our thoughts that bounce through our head. With practice we learn to quiet the mind and appreciate each moment differently.
Watching a class is free. A trial class is $20.
If you decide to sign up afterwords, your $20 fee is applied to your first month's dues.
Check out our schedule and contact us to let us know a day/time that works best for you to come by. We will follow up to confirm a time.
Our Full Adult Membership is $100 Per Month and allows you to attend as many classes at Brooklyn Aikido Center per month as you like. There is no contract and you can cancel your membership at any time.
This is a very welcoming and highly respected dojo. Giammanco Sensei, the instructor, is super accommodating to all types of people. He makes sure that all students from complete beginners (myself) to advanced students and everyone in between is both comfortable and challenged with the material. I feel like I am learning so much every time I practice here!
They have a trial membership, which I signed up for, before becoming a student. The rates are VERY affordable and no strings attached i.e. contracts :) I'm so happy I found them online and went to try it out! Maybe one day I'll even be a Sensei too! BTW, they have a kids program as well which is pretty thriving!
If you're curious about Aikido, and want to engage your mind as well as the body, please email the instructor to check out a class!
- Cara Dineen
Giammanco sensei is a great teacher. He is comfortable, accommodating and I love his teaching style - Its loose enough to allow students of any level to join at any time, while reinforcing important, basic concepts to more seasoned practitioners, and always introduces something new. I feel strength, growth, and the best kind of vulnerability within every class, and take it home with me when I leave. Aikido is an excellent self defense practice for the body and the mind.
- Eddie Grupper
This is a fantastic dojo with an incredible teacher. I love Giammanco sensei's class and his approach to teaching aikido. He is very helpful and supportive to all the students whether they're beginners or advanced.
I can't recommend this dojo enough. If you have any interest in practicing aikido, this is a perfect place for you.
- Samer Freij
A great place to train, for kids and adults, with amazing instructors!
- Jim Freeman