Sunday, December 28, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
dojo. We have seen tremendous growth in our youth, adult and specialty programs. Our student body is the best. Our students work hard, have great attitudes and love to learn. I have personally been edified by the commitment the students have to the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido as well as living true Budo or "way of the warrior".
We hosted two successful training camps this year as well as a fun and action packed summer camp for the youth. We also had three sho-dan candidates pass their tests this year. We were able to promote one this year, and will have a double black-belt ceremony in early 2009 for the other candidates. We will have at least three sho-dans testing for Ni-Dan (2nd degree black-belt) in 2009, which is very exciting for our school. We have a host of students who have completed general rank tests and will kick off the New Year with many more students who are currently preparing to test. We will add more specialty classes in 2009 as more students are interested in our grappling, sparring and weapons offerings. There will be other upcoming procedural and instructional updates, so stay tuned and watch for special announcements.
Our new location in Irmo is well established and classes are filling up. I will be considering expanding the class hours at that location. Additionally, our associate school in Spartanburg, SC is also doing well. The Spartanburg dojo owner, Sensei John Wyndham and I have worked through alot this year in regards to our dojo operations and we will complete this year on a tremendously positive note. 2009 will be a great year for learning and training at both our dojos. I want to say thanks to my friend Sensei John Wyndham. He and I have known each other and have trained together for 23 years. We came up the ranks together, helped each other achieve our Sho-Dan, Ni-Dan and San-Dan certifications. We support each other in running our dojos, teaching our students, and improving our own martial skills. Mr. Wyndham is a great friend and I wish him and his family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
To all the Columbia, South Carolina students and those who have moved away from Columbia recently, I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Looking forward to a great New Year!
Sensei John Carter
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sensei John Carter
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This is a great video of advanced level execution of Aikido techniques. Before becoming famous for his movies, Steven Seagal was a highly respected and legitimate Aikido practitioner. As seen in this video, Aikido is an extremely effective martial art when learned, taught and applied in a realistic, practical manner. New students are not expected to perform at this level for some time.
At our academy we begin teaching the new student our Nihon Goshin Aikido Fundamentals Course. It is a basic self-defense course where we teach defenses against attacks such as arm grabs, chokes, pushes, punches and bear-hugs. We also teach the new students basic strikes such as a palm-heel, hammer-fist, elbows, and front kicks. We then slowly integrate the student into the more advanced application and execution of Aikido techniques. Enjoy the video!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Congratulations Dave and Good Work Columbia, SC!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Youth Martial Arts: Ages 5 to 7
Youth Aikido: Ages 8 to 12
Adult Aikido: Ages 12 and up
Self-Defense Fundamentals: Ages 12 and up
Please call or email Sensei Carter for class schedule and availability. Visit www.aikidoacademy.com for more information.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Sensei John Carter
Friday, June 27, 2008
2. Martial Arts Class
3. Life Skills Lesson
4. Break and Snack
5. Activity 1
6. Activity 2
Our important life skill lessons were:
Knot tying - (square knot)
Fourth of July Safety
The children were a pleasure to work with and all arrived at the dojo eager to learn and full of energy. We finished the camp off with two group pictures and everyone went home with an Aikido Academy of Self-Defense T-shirt. I want to thank my Adult and Junior Leaders who assisted with the camp, the parents who supported the camp, and of course all the campers. See you next summer!
Sensei John Carter
Saturday, June 14, 2008
-Sensei John Carter
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Moms, Wives, Sisters Learn to Fight Back
(Columbia) - The Verizon Wireless Call Center behind the Richland Mall partnered with The Aikido Academy to host a Self-defense class for everyone; but especially women. More than techniqes, women learned a mindset. "I can strike back and I will strike back; that's as much as what we try to emphasize in these classes," says Assistant Teacher Thomas Tuckey. For Evelyn Anderson it's about training her mind before an attacker strikes. "Last year there were a lot of incidents where people were coming into homes in my neighborhood," adds Anderson. But she doesn't just have herself to think of. "In the morning when my daughter and I were leaving I was terrified; If that happened to me what would I do and this came along and I said it was a good opportunity," adds Anderson. Evelyn isn't alone in the opportunity to fight back. Other moms, wives and younger sisters are learning too. Aikido Instructor Thomas Tuckey says the first line of defense is probably the last thing that comes mind: relaxing. "The natural reaction is to tense up, you become very easy to be picked up and thrown around," adds Tuckey. Kind of like picking up a young child while they're asleep, Tuckey says it's a whole lot harder when limbs are loose. The other quick trick are three strikes: palm-heel, elbow or knee strike."On one hand you can train for years on the other you can do some basic self - defense moves that can get you out of a very dangerous situation," Tuckey says. Tuckey says it's not about fighting but defending. "You want to defend yourself and leave; disengage."