PRACTICE KYU TESTS: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 1:00 PM
Aikido is a Japanese martial art that is not competitive and functions as an embodied, highly skilled spiritual practice.
Serious training in aikido is difficult and rewarding! It pushes you beyond who you think you are by developing a wide range of physical and emotional skills such as strength, openness, coordination, timing, perseverance, and discipline.
Aikido is for anybody who wants to challenge themselves.
Ithaca Aikikai is committed to creating an environment that welcomes and challenges students of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and ability levels.
Deborah began studying aikido as a graduate student at UC San Diego in 2001, and has been actively training for seventeen years. She was a student of Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan at the New York Aikikai for more than a decade, and is currently a student of aikido, weapons, iaido, and zen under Ryugan Savoca Shihan at Brooklyn Aikikai.
Deborah is a committed aikido practitioner who has studied at depth with multiple teachers. Her teaching style reflects a range of influences, and is focused on the precise, holistic curriculum developed by T.K. Chiba Shihan as taught by Savoca Shihan. She believes that everybody who practices aikido is a lineage holder, and has a responsibility to preserve that lineage. And she believes that the dojo nurtures an intentional community that has significant social, political, and spiritual value.
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I walked into my first aikido class without any idea of what to expect. A friend had asked me to come along to a free class. After one class, I was hooked and wanted to keep coming back to learn more. Deborah is a skilled instructor and practitioner creating a space that is conducive to learning, respectful, safe, and a lot of fun. I hope to have the continued privilege of training and growing with Ithaca Aikikiai.