Aikido with the College Aikido Club and Blue Heron Dojo
Classes are held year-round at the Blue Heron dojo (located in the Middlebury Municipal building, 94 Main Street, below the gymnasium) and taught by Linda White (Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies), Jeff Stauch (’05, Advancement), Greg Selover (’10), and Adam Franco (’02, Information Technology Services).
• For students, faculty, staff, as well as youth and local residents of Addison County and beyond.
• Adults begin on the first Tuesday of any month. $20/semester for Middlebury College students thanks to support from the Aikido Club, $80/month for adults. New students take classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-6:45pm for the first 8 introductory classes.
• Youth classes are held Thursday at 4:00 to 5:00 pm, and Saturday, from 9:00 to 10:00 am. $10 a class, or $50 for unlimited classes in a given month.
• Beginners are welcomed and happily integrated into the ongoing practice of the dojo. For more information, see http://www.blueheronaikido.org/ or send questions to email@example.com.
Aikido teaches that effective self-defense requires responsiveness, rather than reactive movement. The practice of Aikido encourages intelligent action and cultivates precise movement. Self-defense skills acquired in training provide a broad range of responses to attack and also develop an attitude of protection for both self and aggressor. Aikido assumes that true victory is achieved when conflict is brought to peaceful resolution.
Everyone trains together, old and young, veterans and beginners, flexible and stiff. By training with different partners, one learns to shape the technique to fit each situation. One discovers how to find resolve in each encounter with each person. This is a practice that invites us to build a solid foundation in the art of living mindfully and skillfully.
The foundation of Aikido lies in the ideal of becoming empty like the sky. From this standpoint, the freedom of harmonious movement is born. Becoming empty means to discard all illusory thinking and mistaken ideas of self.