Aikido is not for correcting others, but for correcting your own mind.Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
In 1964, having achieved 4th Dan he traveled to the United States. Upon arriving he gave an Aikido demonstration at the 1964 World’s Fair, scenes of which are preserved on available videos. He assumed his role as the head of the New York Aikikai, while attending New York University to study English and business management.
Now an 8th Dan, Yamada sensei, has dedicated himself to the dissemination of Aikido throughout the world. Much of Aikido’s present success is because of this Shihan, his teaching demonstrations are widely attended and enthusiastically participated in, by aikidoists.
Currently Yamada Yoshimitsu is the Chairman of the United States Aikido Federation and head of it’s Eastern Region. He is President of the Latin American Aikido Federation, with over 400 dojos in South, Central America, and the Caribbean, spread throughout Argentina. Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. He leads the technical committee for North America and is a member of the Supreme Council of the International Federation of Aikido. Yamada sensei also travels extensively throughout Europe, leading seminars in many former Soviet bloc countries.
Yamada sensei is the author of several books on Aikido, the most recent Aikido Complete. He has also made several excellent training videos, covering basics and testing for the kyu ranks.
A psychological study found that children in martial arts have an increased sense of responsibility, a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks, and a higher sense of self-esteem.NAPMA
Head Instructor Paul Forhan
Began studying martial arts in 1965. He started his study of Aikido in 1990 at UTEP with Medina sensei. During the fall of 1990 Paul also began attending classes at the New York Aikikai, headquarters for the United States Aikido Federation, living at the dojo on a part time basis. This led to associations with numerous senior Federation instructors and a close working relationship with Yamada sensei, 8th Dan, Shihan, a direct student of the founder of aikido.
Additionally, Paul currently holds the rank of Godan, 5th degree also, Shidoin, senior instructor and examiner, from the World Aikikai Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
Traveling around the United States and the world to attend numerous seminars with senior Shihans, Paul, continues to study and practice at the New York Aikikai, while instructing full time at Aikido of El Paso. Paul also is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the United States Aikido Federation.
Instructor Mario Marquez
Mario Marquez began aikido training in 1997 at Aikido of El Paso. Mario currently holds the rank of Sandan, 3rd degree from the World Aikikai Headquarters through the United States Aikido Federation. Mario continues his study of aikido, attending major seminars throughout the United States, taught by the leading Shihans of the USAF.
I had been practicing Aikido for a short time when this incident occurred. During an apprehension the individual turned and rushed me, without thought, I moved, applied Ikkyo, and the guy was spun off his feet and to the ground onto his face with no effort ... really amazing!11 year Border Patrol Agent
Ages 7 to 15
Ages 16 and up
|Monday||6:30 – 7:25pm
7:30 – 8:20pm
|Tuesday||12:00 – 1:00pm||Private|
|Wednesday||6:30 – 7:25pm
7:30 – 8:20pm
|Thursday||6:30 – 7:25pm
7:30 – 8:20pm
|Saturday||10:45 – 11:40pm
11:45 – 12:40pm
12:45 – 1:20pm
|Sunday||12:00 – 1:00pm||All Weapons|
|Wednesday||5:30 – 6:15pm||Basic/Beginner|
|Thursday||5:30 – 6:15pm||Basic/Beginner|
|Saturday||9:30 – 10:15am||Basic/Beginner|
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Aikido of El Paso • 611 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79902, United States • 915-525-4879