Programs
  
Traditional Aikido training for adults and children.
   
Aikido for Children (age 4 through 13) 
Ages 4-7: Children learn Aikido skills and practice basic defensive techniques within a play-based curriculum. Games and exercises teach Aikido principles and body movements in a fun, non- competitive, supportive environment. 
 
Ages 8-13: Students learn conflict resolution, peace-  building and leadership skills through the practice of Aikido. Curriculum emphasis is on partner practice, ukemi (the art of falling), opening movements, nage waza (throwing techniques), katame waza (locking and pinning techniques) and the discipline of "budo". 
  
"Sports are widely practiced nowadays, and they are good for physical exercise. Warriors, too, train the body, but they also use the body as a vehicle to train their mind, calm the spirit and find goodness and beauty, dimensions that sports lack. Training in Aikido fosters valor, sincerity, fidelity, magnanimity and beauty, as well as making the body strong and healthy." Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido.
  
Aikido teaches concepts such as avoiding conflict and developing one's own "center" in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Aikido requires a cooperative, not competitive spirit, in which we seek to improve ourselves, to "polish our own heart", not to beat others. When faced with aggression we practice tenkan (turning) or irimi (entering), how to "turn when pushed, and enter when pulled "(Kisshomaru Ueshiba). Students practice together as training partners, taking turns throwing and falling, and experience both sides of win/lose with each technique. Learning ukemi, the "Art of Falling" enables students to practice vigorously in the dojo without fear of injury, and also helps minimize injuries when one falls from a bicycle or while skiing.
 

Children's Aikido:
  
  • Develops self-confidence, good judgment and concern for others
  
  • Builds strong and healthy bodies
  
  • Improves stamina, balance, flexibility and coordination 
  
  • Increases concentration and alertness 
  
  • Heightens awareness 
  
Fosters mutual respect, cooperation and friendship

Instructors Robert Hyatt and Nancy Supanich began their Aikido training in San Francisco in 1992. They have traveled to Japan to practice at World Headquarters in Tokyo, and attended seminars throughout the US and in Canada. Robert is a 3rd degree Black Belt and Chief Instructor at Tarzana Aikikai. Nancy developed a program teaching Aikido to children in San Francisco schools. They have a six- year-old son, Max.
 
(New!) After School Enrichment Program
 
Monday through Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
 
Age appropriate AIKIDO INSTRUCTION AND HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE for children 4-13.  Choose one or more days.  School pick up and extended care may be available.  Space limited.  Call to register.
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Aikido for Adults (age 14 and up)
$90/month
  
The essence of Aikido lies not in fighting others, but avoiding conflict and subduing aggressors without causing them harm. Practiced by more than a million individuals worldwide, Aikido appeals to women and men, young and old, who seek to better themselves and their world. In Aikido everyone trains together: men and women, flexible and stiff, large and small, veteran and novice. Through this training we learn how to deal with all kinds of people. Our partner becomes our teacher. We try to practice in a "vibrant and joyful manner", remembering that Aikido is not simply learning physical technique, it is the "art of living well, in harmony with others and at peace with the world."
  
Mixed-level adult classes are offered six days/week (see SCHEDULE). $150/month entitles members to unlimited Aikido and Yoga classes. Beginner's Special: 3 months for the price of 2.
  
Yoga
  
All levels welcome. Traditional B.K.S. Iyengar-based classes are 90-minutes long and include asanas (standing poses, forward bends, seated and supine postures, twists, inversions or backbends), pranayama (breath control) and end with Savasana (Corpse Pose). $15 drop in or $120 for 10 classes.
   
Instructor Nancy Supanich, a Certified Massage Therapist, has studied yoga since 1989 and began incorporating yoga therapy with her massage practice in 1995. See SCHEDULE.
  
Infant and Toddler Programs
with Nancy Supanich, Certified Massage Therapist and yoga teacher
  
New classes forming.  Call to register..
  
  
Mothers' Circle
  
Free support/play group for parents with infants and toddlers.  Call (818) 705-0600 for more information.
  
  
Mommy and Baby Yoga (Daddies welcome!)
  
Asleep or awake, bring your little ones to yoga class. Beginners and experienced yoginis can enjoy Downward Dog and Supta Badda Konasana with their infants close by.  Call (818) 705-0600 for more information.
  
  
Music and Movement for Mommy and Me
with Lisa Keating, singer, music teacher, mom
  
"Music alone speaks at once to the imagination, the mind, the heart and the senses." Hector Berlioz 
 
Now enrolling.  Call (818) 705-0600 for more information.
  
  
Prenatal & New Mommy Class
  
5 week session $60
  
In the womb or in the room, music provides lifelong benefits for babies (and mommies, too). Come sing, laugh and enjoy this very special time sharing music with your baby. Classes will include meditation with music, bonding with your baby, singing lullabies and improvisation with musical instruments.
  
  
Mommy & Me Toddler Class
  
5 week session $60
  
Come play with new and familiar music. Classes will include circle time, movement to music, singing and improvisation with musical instruments. Open the world of music to your child and enjoy yourself at the same time! No prior musical experience required.
 
 
 (schedule subject to change without notice)