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119 S. Cayuga Street, Suite 302

Ithaca NY 14850

646-401-3858

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WHY TRAIN

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. 

About

CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

DEBORAH FISHER
NIDAN, FUKUSHIDOIN

Deborah began studying aikido as a graduate student at UC San Diego in 2001. 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. She also serves as a board member to Birankai North America, the national federation that links Ithaca Aikikai to a larger community of practice and support, as well as the curriculum, standards, and values of T.K. Chiba Shihan, a direct disciple of the founder of aikido. 

Deborah is a committed aikido practitioner who has studied at depth with multiple teachers. Her teaching style reflects this range of influences, and is focused on the precise, holistic curriculum developed by T.K. Chiba Shihan, as taught by Savoca Shihan. She is motivated by the way aikido can meet anybody where they are, and turn each individual toward an intentional community of practice. 

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Rose

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. 

119 S. CAYUGA STREET, ITHACA NY
646-401-3858

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