Sensei Gina Boccolucci
Sensei Gina has devoted the past 25 years of her time to training and teaching Aikido.
Sensei Gus Rodriguez
Sensei Gus is a retired veteran and DoD civilian who has spent most of his life working, living, and training martial arts overseas.
Bill started his Aikido training in 2013 at the Florida Aikido Center under Gina Sensei and holds the rank of nikkyu in the United States Aikido Federation.
Mat is a good guy, he lets us roll on him all day to practice Aikido, we literally couldn't train without him.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Sensei Morihei Ueshiba (also known as O-Sensei) as a reflection of his martial studies, life philosophy and spiritual beliefs.
The word Aikido (made up of the kanji 合気道) best translates as "the Way of the harmonious spirit." This reflects O-Sensei’s goal of creating a martial art whose techniques allow a practitioner to defend him/herself, while also protecting the attacker from serious harm.
That said, Aikido is primarily a defensive system that focuses on technique and balance, not physical strength, size or power. There is no canonical punching, kicking or blocking system in Aikido. In Aikido, there is less of an emphasis on strength training and conditioning, and more placed on speed, timing, breathing, proper technique and being “relaxed” in virtually any situation.
The Aikido practitioner’s strength comes from his/her ability to maintain control and not only find a way to control the opponent, but will also be able to control the situation before drastic action is necessary. There is no winning or losing, since there is no need for contest. Aikido is perfect for men, women, teens & children regardless of physical condition or experience. Sensei Gina, chief instructor at the Florida Aikido Center, invites anybody interested in learning more about Aikido to visit the dojo and watch any class session.