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Capital Aikikai - Aikido in the Washington, DC area since 1973.


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Capital Aikikai is an Aikikai- and Capital Aikido Federation-affiliated aikido dojo in Silver Spring, MD., near Washington, DC., open seven days a week. Head instructor: Clyde Takeguchi, 7th Dan.


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Events & News Practice Schedule Location/Directions About Aikido About CapitalAikikai How to Begin Contact Us __# Capital AikikaiAikido in the Washington, DC area since 1973Capital Aikikai monthly dues payments | more  Imamura Shihan at Capital Aikikai Sept. 13-15, 2019 | more | registration  Member and home dojo of the Capital Aikido Federation, affiliated with theAikikai Foundation, Tokyo, and the International Aikido Federation. Founderand director, Clyde Takeguchi Shihan. Head instructor, William Plank.### About AikidoThe Japanese word Aikido is written with three characters which translate as"the way of spiritual harmony." Aikido is a budo or "martial way," evolved inthe tradition of Japanese warrior arts, yet has a unique approach to selfdefense... | more### How to BeginVisitors are always welcome to watch or take classes. Previous martial artsexperience is not required. If you would like to try a class, just show upabout 20 minutes beforehand and ask one of the waiting students or instructorsabout taking a class... | more | youth classes### PaymentsCapital Aikikai operates on a membership basis. If you practice at CapitalAikikai you are expected to pay monthly dues. Adult, student and child ratesare available. Per-class mat fees are reserved for visitors from other dojo. |online payments### About UsCapital Aikikai was founded in 1973 and has been providing a continuousprogram of Aikido training in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area ever since. Ourfounder, Clyde Takeguchi Shihan, began practice in his native Hawaii in 1958and has been in the DC area since 1973... | more### Location/DirectionsWe are located in Silver Spring, MD, just north of Washington, DC. The dojo iseasily accessible by car, bus, and Metro (subway). | more### Capital Aikido FederationThe Capital Aikido Federation is our parent organization. The CAF has memberdojo across the United States. The Federation is accredited by Hombu Dojo,Tokyo, and the International Aikido Federation.### Events & News    ### Classes### About Aikido##### The Nature and History of AikidoThe Japanese word Aikido is written with three characters which translate as"the way of spiritual harmony." Aikido is a budo or "martial way," evolved inthe tradition of Japanese warrior arts, yet has a unique approach to selfdefense. Aikido is more than a martial science of strategy and tactics, it isa discipline for training the mind and spirit.Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known to Aikido studentsas O Sensei (Great Teacher). As a young man, he overcame debilitatingchildhood illnesses through martial arts practice, eventually becoming amaster of the sword,the staff, the spear, and the art of ju-jitsu. O Senseialso held strong Shinto religious convictions concerning the ultimate futilityof conflict and the illusory character of victory based on strength. Thisinternal contradiction, which drove O Sensei to adopt a life of austerity andrigorous training, was resolved through an enlightenment experience which ledto the development of Aikido, a martial art influenced by a philosophy ofuniversal harmony.##### Dynamics of AikidoAll Aikido techniques and movements are based on the idea of harmony. Aikidoemphasizes blending with an attacker by moving in such a way as to neutralizethe force of the attack itself and thus neutralize the attacker. This is doneby using spherical movements which allow the Aikido student to deflect theattacker's energy while simultaneously entering close to the attacker; "toblend with the attack," and so neutralize it.Properly executed, some techniques are spectacular, sending the opponentflying through the air. Others are more subtle: small deft movements thatimmobilize the aggressor. Both results are achieved not through the use ofbrute strength, but by blending and neutralizing the attack, followed bycircular and flowing techniques to unsettle the opponent, and completing themovement with a throw or immobilization. Because great strength is notrequired, Aikido can be practiced by men and women of all ages.##### Aikido PracticeAikido training has also been shaped by its philosophy of harmony. There areno competitions or tournaments in Aikido. Rank is awarded through a testingprocedure which emphasizes self-discipline, rather than the mastery of others.Daily practice focuses on the development of technical skills and awarenessthrough the constant repetition of techniques in a controlled environment inorder to master the fundamentals of moving, timing, and breathing.  Mostpractice is done with a partner: each working at his or her own level ofability, alternating as uke (the attacker) and nage (the one who is attacked).Both roles are stressed; each contributes skills that enhance overallsensitivity and control.Wooden practice weapons — a sword (bokken), staff (jo) and knife (tanto) — aresometimes used in aikido training, not to understand how to use the weapon,but to better understand the techniques and movements of aikido itself.Students train to neutralize the energy of the opponent's attack and toredirect and focus it into techniques of martial efficiency and power. At thesame time, the student can use the same philosophy to deal with stress andconflict in daily life, and learn to remain calm under all conditions.##### CenteringThe final aim of Aikido is to integrate physical and mental training todevelop a confident person who can think clearly and react instantly on andoff the mat. It is only through constant training that an Aikidoist canacquire the habits of mind which make this integration possible.In Aikido, such an integrated person is said to be "centered." A centeredperson displays a confident and relaxed posture, and centering gives Aikidomovements their appearance of grace and simple elegance. Thus, Aikido traininghelps a student to become calm and centered and enables the student to dealwith stress and aggression in an efficient and decisive manner on the mat, athome, at school, or at work.### About Capital AikikaiCapital Aikikai was founded in 1973 and has been providing a continuousprogram of Aikido training in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area ever since. As anot-for-profit corporation, it welcomes all people who wish to practiceAikido. Please click on the photo at right to see images from our first 40years of practice in the D.C. area.###### THE DOJOWe are located in Silver Spring, MD, just north of Washington, DC. The dojo iseasily accessible by car, bus, and Metro (subway). Please click at left or onthe bottom of this page for directions to the dojo. dojo photosWe practice on a relatively firm canvas mat, with synthetic tatami and a spungfloor underneath. The mens' and womens' changing rooms have showers, and thereis a seating area for guests.###### SENIOR TEACHING STAFF**Clyde Takeguchi Shihan** is the founder and director of Capital Aikikai.Takeguchi Sensei is a shichidan — a seventh degree black belt — and a Hombu-certified shihan instructor. He began his study of aikido in 1958 in hisnative Hawaii. In addition to founding Capital Aikikai in 1973, Takeguchisensei founded the aikido clubs in Madison, WI, and Charleston, SC. He hastaught aikido at the police departments in Honolulu and Madison, as well as atthe US Customs Academy in Washington, DC.**Bill Plank** is the chief instructor of Capital Aikikai. He holds the rankof rokudan — sixth degree black belt — and is a Hombu-certified shidoininstructor. He has been training with Takeguchi Sensei since 1981. PlankSensei teaches several beginning and advanced classes during the week and isalso chief instructor of the Jackson Hole Aikikai, in Jackson, Wyo.Millar, Takeguchi, and Plank Sensei###### INSTRUCTORSThe teaching staff at Capital Aikikai is one of the most diverse andexperienced in the United States. All instructors are members of the CapitalAikido Federation, affiliated with Hombu Dojo,Tokyo.Dave Millar, Shidoin, 6th dan  Valarie Barr, 5th dan  Fred Richards, 5th dan  Sarah Guroff, 5th dan  Meipo Martin, 5th dan  Lou Mastriani, 5th dan  Tom Tedeschi, 5th dan  Mark Klock, 2nd dan  Brian Beach, 1st dan### How to Begin Practicing at Capital AikikaiAikido is a very open and inviting martial art. Previous martial artsexperience is not required to begin practice, and at all levels, you'll findaikido practice to be quite social and cooperative. In aikido we practice witheach other, not against each other.Visitors are encouraged to stop by and watch classes or, if you prefer, totake up to three classes at no charge. If you would like to take a free class,you should approach one of the students (before class begins), introduceyourself and sign a waiver. That's all! You can then take the class. You'llneed to wear a dogi or a pair of sweat pants and T-shirt (no shorts orjewelry, please). Changing rooms and showers are available.Classes are ongoing; new students simply begin attending the classes theyprefer. For the first class or two you will receive personalized instruction,generally from one of the dojo's advanced students. Very soon afterward youwill be practicing with everyone else in the class as a regular student.It helps to be in reasonable physical shape, but this is not a requirement. Asyou continue to practice, you will begin to achieve increased flexibility andbalance, and better breathing.There are no contracts or long-term fees at Capital Aikikai. New students areentitled to three free classes. After that, you would have to pay either adaily mat fee ($10 for each day you practice) or a monthly membership fee ($80per month). If you plan to practice more than twice a week, the monthly ratewill probably be more practical.Not all classes are open to beginners. Any of the 6:30 p.m. classes are anexcellent choice, as are the 7:45 p.m. classes. The Saturday 10:15 a.m. classalso is appropriate, but keep in mind that that class is usually more crowdedthan the weekday ones. Typically, the 6:30 p.m. class will have 5-10 students,about 50 percent of whom are relatively new to the art. The 7:45 and Saturdayclasses will have more students, with a wider range of experience levels.##### Thinking of Beginning Aikido? Often-asked Questions###### What is Aikido?Aikido is a martial discipline for training the mind and spirit. Aikido doesnot stress competition, but emphasizes a win-win situation that helps developa spirit of harmony and cooperation, mutual respect and consideration forothers.From a technical standpoint, Aikido is basically defensive and orientedtowardrolling, joint locks, flowing movement and control of balance. It is not"rough," and in fact appears to be quite smooth and graceful to first-timevisitors.###### What is aikido training like? What can I expect?Aikido is basically oriented toward rolling, joint locks, flowing movement andcontrol of balance. Weapons training emphasizes the basic postures and stancesthat are a fundamental part of aikido.When you visit or begin your training, you will learn the most basic — andimportant — things first: how to roll, how to stand properly, etc. As youprogress you will begin to learn the fundamental movements from whichtechniques develop. During a typical class you will practice with a variety ofpartners, of all skill levels.You do not need to be in excellent aerobic or muscular shape to practiceaikido, but as you progress you will find youself becoming more healthy andfit.###### When is Capital Aikikai open?We are open and training seven days a week. Classes are held in the eveningsduring the week, and in the mornings during the weekend. Please click for ourdaily practice schedule.###### Can I watch or try a class?Yes! Visitors are always welcome to stop by and watch or take classes. If youwould like to try a class, just show up about 20 minutes beforehand and askone of the waiting students or instructors about taking a class. Generally,first-time students are given personal orientation and instruction by one ofthe dojo's yudansha (black-belt students). New students are welcome to any ofthe general classes. You do not have to call ahead or make other arrangements.###### What type of people train in aikido?All kinds of people train in aikido — men and women, young and old, evenchildren. Because aikido is based on balance and circular movement, strengthand size is not particularly important in training. In fact, women often havea natural affinity for aikido because, unlike men, they often do not have tounlearn forceful or muscular habits in their movement.One unique feature of aikido training is the mixing of all skill levels.###### Do I need special clothing or equipment?If you want to try attending a class or two, simply bring loose-fittingclothing such as a T-shirt and sweat pants. Be sure to remove any watches,jewelry, etc. before stepping on the mat. The aikido "uniform" is a judo-styledogi, available either from us or from various area martial arts equipmentsuppliers, as are wooden practice weapons. Showers are available in both themen's and women's changing rooms.Typically we train in bare feet, on a canvas-covered mat.###### How much does it cost to train?Those practicing regularly at the dojo are expected to pay monthly dues. **Newor prospective members may take three classes free of charge**. There are nohidden fees, term limits or contracts.Adult (Age 18 and up) | $80  ---|---  Student (Age 14+ and attending school) | $50  Child (Age 6-13) | $40    • Multiple Child Discount: First child member pays full price, and eachadditional child member receives a $5 discount on their monthly dues.• Mat Fees: For visitors the suggested mat fee is $15/day. If visiting for twoor more weeks, visitors are asked to pay monthly dues.### Children and AikidoWhat we teach children is not brute force, not violence, but the cultivationof ki through mind-body training which will eventually build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of control over their lives. — Kisshomaru UeshibaCapital Aikikai offers two youth classes during the week, taught by some ofthe dojo's most experienced instructors. A Saturday morning class (9:00 a.m.)is open to all students who wish to practice. A teens & tweens class meets onTuesdays, from 5:30 to 6:25 p.m.Children test for promotion as they become more comfortable on the mat andlearn fundamental aikido principles. Promotion is based on self-discovery asmuch as on technical progress. Please contact Dave Millar for further details.### Location/DirectionsCapital Aikikai is located at 923 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. OurMetro stop is Silver Spring (Red line), and we are a 10 minute walk from thestation. Please use the map below for Metro, bus, walking or drivingdirections. One note: The dojo entrance is not on Sligo Avenue itself, but inthe alley just north of it, off Mayor Lane.There is ample parking directly across from the dojo entrance, in the FentonStreet Village parking garage.### At FacebookCapital Aikikai, 923 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20901 | 240-242-5179 |www.capitalaikikai.org  Member, Capital Aikido Federation; affiliated with the Aikikai Foundation,Tokyo