For nearly four decades, Woodstock Aikido has been offering martial arts training to people of all ages and abilities under the guidance of our chief instructor, Harvey Konigsberg Sensei, 8th dan. Aikido translates as “the way of harmonized energy.” Our teachers help students achieve this harmonized energy through expert, personalized instruction that fosters the integration of mind, body, and spirit. Students are taught to lead the aggressor’s energy, neutralize the attack, and protect both practitioners from harm.
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Our dojo (training hall) is housed in a renovated barn located in the historic Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, NY. As the weather permits, we open the windows and large sliding doors. The beautiful location and the building, along with high-quality teaching, contribute to our dojo's traditional atmosphere and draws aikido practitioners from around the world.
We offer mixed-level, advanced, weapons, and low-impact classes for adults seven days a week. For children, we offer classes on Thursday for ages 8–12, and on Saturday morning for children ages 5–8 and their parents. Children have fun while gaining strength and coordination and developing confidence and discipline. There is no competition in Aikido. All students wear white belts until they pass their black belt test. Rank is conferred by the United States Aikido Federation and certified by Hombu Dojo in Tokyo.
Aikido is a martial art that relies on a combination of timing, balance, entering and turning body movements, and atemi (strikes) to redirect aggressive attacks in a circular or spiral path. Aikido techniques generally end in a throw, joint lock or pin. Aikido practice helps develop strength, coordination and flexibility, as well as a calm and focused mind.