One of the Organization’s goals is to make Aikido training available to persons from all walks of life. Accordingly, starting in January 2006, we have been offering a once-a-week class via Stafford County Parks & Recreation to senior citizens (ages 55 and up). The class is a low-impact version of the Aikido curriculum and has been warmly received by seniors into their eighties who report increased fitness, coordination, and stability from the practice! Our program is now being emulated by Aikido dojos around the country.
Through 2017, four seniors have advanced to Senior Blackbelt rank! Other seniors train in the regular classes at the Dojo and many have advanced to blackbelt rank. Training can be modified based on students’ abilities.
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