just added the new Practical Women's Self Defense class to our 6:30
-7:30 line-up. This class will teach proven defense techniques that will
work on anybody, regardless of size, weight and strength. Techniques
are derived from the Japanese martial art of Aikido.
Comfortable clothing is recommended, and please do not wear any unnecessary jewelry.
Founded by Sensei's Elise and Robert E. Simmons in January 1966 as the Chiisai Raion Dojo.
They taught Judo, Aikido, and Karate througout the years under a few different names.In 1964, instruction was under Simmons Martial Arts. Then in 1966 the school was changed to Daruma Ryu Karate and Enmeikan Aikido.
In December 2000, Robert Simmons, retired from instruction, handing over the dojo to Thomas Van Cise and Terry McCarthy in January 2001. Sensei Simmons Held the rank of 6th Dan in Aikido at this time.
Sensei Elise Marie Simmons, 5th Dan in Aikido still maintains a position as a consultant for the school and teaches privately to seniors. Sensei Elise started in martial arts in 1958 and holds Yudansha ranks in Judo, Kempo, Jujutsu, Kendo, Iaido, and Aikido.
In late 2010, after the death of Soke VanCise, Terry McCarthy was promoted to Head Instructor of the dojo and continues to operate it under the Fudo Shin Tai name.
Founder of Aikido
Morihei Ueshiba was the founder of Aikido. His life was the thing that heroes and adventurers are made of. Enlisted in the Army during the Russo-Japanese War, studied Daito-Ryu under Sokaku Takeda (described as an "unparalleled swordsman in his time, and "possessing a level of skilled that was almost divine" ), joined Onisiburo Deguchi, the Guru of Omoto-Kyo and becoming a loyal disciple, engaged in the ill-fated Mongolian Incident, survived the destruction that came with WWII, and discovered the revelation that through peace, not war, was the true Way of the Warrior.
Throughout his entire adult life, O'sensei (Great Teacher) as he is often refer to as, cultivated, nurtured, refined, and disseminated the waza, ki and spiritual foundation of the martial art we know of today as Aikido.
He died as he lived, teaching Aikido shortly before he passed away from liver cancer, at the age of 85.
Our new FAQ (frequently asked questions) page is under construction. We hope to have it finished over the break.