Trying something new
Of course new beginnings can happen at any time of the year, but we tend to embrace the first of the calendar year to make changes in our lives, to try something different or recommit to old goals. At Hemlock Bluffs Aikido, we share in the spirit of January by offering the Beginners’ Course, a four-week, eight-class course that focuses on the basics: stances, forms, beginning techniques, and dojo etiquette.
Beginners are welcome in any class, but if you’ve never done aikido before, just hopping in with more experienced practitioners can be intimidating. The Beginners’ Course helps with that; it is designed for folks who want a primer to get more comfortable with the vocabulary, philosophy, and beginning moves.
Most students who take the beginners’ course decide to continue with their training. We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions that end up lasting to mid-February at the latest. Beginners’ Course students have shown that an aikido resolution lasts much, much longer.