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Kokikai Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art teaching coordination of mind and body through self defense. We practice responding to a variety of attacks with throws and joint locks. Our emphasis on balance and timing enables us to minimize an attacker's power, making Kokikai ideal for people of all sizes. 
Although people with all levels of experience are welcome, this class is designed to accommodate beginners. In the context of learning basic self defense techniques, the class also teaches calmness, how to maximize your power, and how to fall and roll without hurting yourself.

Class Format
Each class will begin with a brief warmup, and exercises designed to teach foundational concepts of Kokikai Aikido. We will spend most of the class practicing various self-defense techniques. These will each be demonstrated briefly by the instructor, and then practiced in partners, with the partners alternating playing the role of the attackers and the role of the Aikido practitioner.

We will become familiar with a variety of self-defense techniques, with a focus on five of the most basic ones. We will learn several falls and rolls and a number of wrist and motion exercises. In order to effectively play the role of attackers, we will also become proficient with several attacks. On a more fundamental level, we will learn the basic principles of how to stand and move in such a way as to maximize our stability and strength. 
Although the class format will include all aspects of Kokikai Aikido from the start, the emphasis will shift from week to week. In the first week of the class, we will spend more time learning how to fall. In the second week, we will focus on learning basic exercises and attacks. In the third through fifth weeks, we will focus on learning five basic self-defense techniques. In the sixth through tenth week, we will mix in a variety of additional techniques while continuing to practice the most basic ones.

Prior to the drop deadline, you may wear any comfortable and expendable clothes. By the drop deadline, you should have a martial arts uniform, which can be purchased at the ARC or elsewhere; a judo gi or heavy karate gi will work well.

Grading Procedures
The class will be graded pass/no pass, with the grade determined by attendance and participation. Students are allowed three absences during the quarter. Arriving more than 10 minutes late will count as an absence. Further absences must be approved by the instructor. Anyone with more than 3 unexcused absences will receive a no pass grade. In addition, technical and tactical skill development is assessed and supported throughout the quarter.

Safety Notification
There are risks and dangers inherent in participating in a PE activity course. Injury resulting from participation is always a possibility in physical activity. Carefully follow the instructor's guidance to minimize the chance of injury to yourself and to others. 
Please notify your instructor immediately if you become injured or ill, or feel that should not participate in a certain activity. 
Unless otherwise expressly indicated by the student, the assumption is that the student is in good health and is capable of participating in all facets of the physical activity related to this class.