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New Sunday Aikido class announced

Special to the Sun
Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comGuest instructor Kimberly Richardson from Seattle trains with Truckee instructor Sally Jones.

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; A new beginner Aikido class is announced in Truckee, Sunday evenings, 6-7 p.m. Teachers Kahlil Johnson and Sally Jones have instructed in Truckee since 2007. A dedicated group of their students train up to three times a week. andamp;#8220;Most martial arts are competitive, but Aikidoandamp;#8217;s focus is more on deepening our self awareness and confidence,andamp;#8221; said Johnson, senior instructor at Truckee Aikido.andamp;#8220;I was captivated by Aikido more than 20 years ago when I was taking a conflict resolution class at UC Santa Cruz and I have been practicing ever since. Every time I step on the mat I am learning more about myself, how I andamp;#8216;show upandamp;#8217; interacting with other peopleandamp;#8217;s energy, how I deal with my issues when faced with stress and conflict.andamp;#8221;In Aikido you will learn the physical self defense moves, pins and throws, that originate from older martial arts such as jujitsu and judo. However, Aikidoandamp;#8217;s focus is not about defeating the attacker. It focuses on personal awareness, how to move effectively and efficiently, how to blend or take a stand. Basically, how to take care of yourself and others as you move through your day. The martial art was developed in Japan as a reaction to the violence of World War II. The founder Morihei Ueshiba became a National Treasure of Japan for his work encouraging people to consider peace over war.Johnson said, andamp;#8220;The practice is great for all ages. Our classes are geared to adults, but we also welcome teenagers. Aikido is a great way to be active on these dark winter nights and are a great way to re-energize for the week ahead.andamp;#8221;Beginner Sunday classes will introduce you to potential personal growth and mastery through Aikido. Offered through Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Parks District at the Veterans Hall in Truckee. Cost is $25 for a month. Ongoing general classes are offered Sundays 4:30-6 p.m., Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m. and Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m. See for more information.

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