SENSEI GINA BOCCOLUCCI
Gina has over 25 years of Aikido experience and is the owner of Florida Aikido Center.
SENSEI GUS RODRIGUEZ
Sensei Gus is a retired veteran and DoD Civilian who has spent most of his life working, living and training in martial arts.
Bill started is training in Aikido in 2013 at the Florida Aikido Center under Gina Sensei and holds the rank of Nikyu.
Matt has been training at the Florida Aikido Center for 5 years and holds the rank of Nikyu.
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a combination of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the way of harmonious spirit".
The word "aikido" is formed of three kanji: 合 – ai – joining, unifying, combining, fitting 気 – ki – spirit, energy, mood, morale 道 – dō – way, path and 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, rather than physical strength, size or power. There is no canonical punching, kicking or blocking system in Aikido. In Aikido there is less emphasis placed on strength training and conditioning and more placed on speed, timing, breathing and proper technique, while being "relaxed" in virtually every situation.
The Aikido practitioners strength come 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 and children regardless of physical condition or experience. Sensei Gina, the Chief Instructor at Florida Aikido Center, invites anybody interested in learning more about Aikido to visit the dojo and watch any class.
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