At the Anshinkan we are proud to present classes in Yoshinkai Aikido, Parker Kenpo Karate and Yang family Tai Chi. Aikido, Karate and Tai Chi complement each other and training in all three styles will greatly increase your understanding of the martial arts. Although we encourage our students to cross-train in all three styles, each style may be taken as a separate class.
Aikido uses the principle of non-resistance, moving with the direction of the opponent’s force and redirecting the attack until it is no longer a threat. Aikido is not a conventional fighting art or sport. It is a martial art that harmonizes with opposing forces rather than combating them. Aikido is non-competitive and non-violent. Cooperation and harmony are more important than aggression. Timing and control are more important than strength. Yoshinkan Aikido is known throughout the world and is taught to the Tokyo Riot Police and other Japanese forces.
Parker Kenpo Karate is an innovative system of Martial Arts which employs a series of strikes and checks to control the opponent. Kenpo uses both linear and circular motion to create an endless flow of energy.
Yang family Tai Chi Chuan is relaxed, gentle and flowing. It focuses on the expression of energy through a series of martial postures. Tai Chi has been referred to as "moving meditation" and will enhance balance, coordination, flexibility and overall health.
Our dojo uses weaponry (wooden sword, short staff and knife) to enhance the students’ understanding of their empty hand techniques. We emphasize the study of fundamental movements and basic techniques. Perhaps most important, the study of Martial Arts can help us to live better lives by bringing out the best in ourselves.