New York City Aikido currently conducts regularly scheduled classes three days a week. There may be additional training sessions conducted on an ad hoc, RSVP basis.
*For 2020, until further notice, the 5 pm sessions and Saturdays are canceled.*
RSVP Flex time and location may vary week to week (Sherman) *
Tuesdays 5:00-6:15 pm (Sherman); 6:15-8:00 pm (Tracy) Pearl, Room 405 (4th floor)
Thursdays 5:00-6:15 pm (Sherman); 6:15-8:00 pm (Tracy) Pearl, Room 405 (4th floor)
Saturday 10-12 pm (Tracy) Pearl, PH1 (accessible through stairs from the 12th floor)**
The start and the end of classes may involve mat set-up and breakdown, and so class times may be shortened accordingly.
* “RSVP Flex” class is a weekly class for members and regular visitors. Time and location may vary week to week, and are announced through invitation. Currently these classes are scheduled for the outdoors, and are subject to good weather. RSVP is required. Confirmed classes are posted on the NYCA Google calendar.
**In the spring, summer and fall, Saturday weapons classes will typically be in the park. We will typically utilize jo or bokken for part of the session. Please bring your sticks or let us know in advance if you need to borrow one.
Currently, all classes are mixed level. Classes are generally principles based, and may address physical, psychological and spiritual elements of aikido. Various topics or themes may be covered, and practice methods utilized, such as in-yo ho (yin-yang), timing and ma-ai (distance and position), technique (kihon, henka, and kaeshi waza), randori (multiple attacker), ukemi (attacking, receiving, soft ukemi — falling and rolling), ki musubi (connection) and sensitivity drills, core strengthening, body structure, connection and alignment work, internal strength / internal power exercises, etc.
Classes are canceled if they otherwise fall on major holidays (e.g., Thu. July 4). Other holiday period or other cancelations may be announced closer to the time.
The standard training uniform is a keiko (training) gi (judo or karate style). All classes are hakama optional; for convenience purposes, most instructors and members are not wearing hakama, except for special events. For beginners who have not yet purchased a gi, loose fitting long pants and long sleeve T-shirt are acceptable. Please consider arriving a 5-10 minutes early to change (the studios have restrooms and small changing rooms on each floor).
Jewelry and watches should not be worn on the mat. It is best to leave anything of value at home. (Earrings may be taped to cover them.)
For RSVP Flex or weapons outdoor training, training attire is comfortable long pants, T-shirt and sneakers; long sleeve shirt is also recommended. Bring drinking water too.
Most regularly scheduled classes are held in midtown Manhattan at Pearl Studios, located at 500 Eighth Avenue (between 35th and 36th Streets), on the 4th or 12th floor. Room assignments may vary. Tuesday and Thursday classes generally will be in room 405 (4th floor), and Saturday classes (if not outdoors) room PH1 (take elevator to the 12th floor and walk a flight of stairs — check with the front desk on 12 to be directed to the proper stairwell). (There are video screens on each floor, with room assignments. If necessary, ask at the Pearl Studios front desk for “TASL Arts” or “New York City Aikido,” especially as room assignments may change last minute.) Please bring ID, as the building lobby personnel checks ID for all people coming into the building.
Location for outdoor or FLEX classes is communicated by email.