104 Sycamore Place
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Summer Children's Classes: For the month of June 2015, children's classes for grades K through 8 will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. There will be no class on June 29, and the children's program will be on hiatus for the entire month of July. Classes resume at their regular times on Monday, August 3.
Aikido is a non-violent martial art for all ages that teaches how control or escape from attackers while not harming them. When someone attacks, an aikidoist will move in the same direction and at the same speed as the attacker, blending with their energy without a hard impact.
Through consistent training, aikidoists develop a heightened sense of their surroundings, the ability to resolve conflicts without injury, and an attitude of harmony that can help keep them from being attacked in the first place. Read More >>
"Hopefully I will never have to use aikido on the street, but it's always nice to have the ability to defend myself. ... I may go to my dojo dead tired [but I] leave energized. I use aikido to relax and restart my mind. My mind can take a break for a while. I can ... be relaxed and not focus on problems or school work. The most important thing about Aikido for me is that I am able to take a step back and say, 'Wow my day wasn't that bad,' and be able to have fun at the same time."
"I want to let you know how much our son enjoys your class. He is an intellectual type overall, who hasn't expressed an interest in playing organized sports, so I am especially grateful to have met you and discovered Aikido. I appreciate the discipline and confidence he is gaining, the fact that he's participating in a group, and the knowledge you bring to the art. You are an excellent teacher! Thank you for helping him to learn and grow."
—Mother of a 9-year-old
"I very much enjoyed your class. Please forgive me if I have been too busy to say thank you for inviting me... I think you are a competent, kind, patient, and effective teacher and I would recommend you to any student, boy or girl, man or woman."
—Third Grade Teacher
"Before my daughter started training she was very shy and afraid around unfamiliar people. But, after doing aikido with Joel sensei for over a year, she has really blossomed; she has lots of confidence now, and she has become a leader in many situations at school. She loves going to aikido!"
—Mother of a 9-year-old