Welcome to the Villa Rica Aikido home page, We are a Martial Arts School located in Villa Rica, West Georgia about 30 minutes from Atlanta and 10 minutes from Douglasville. We are a family friendly martial arts school that teaches Suenaka-Ha Aikido. However we have from time to time incorporated elements of Karate and other martial arts into instruction. The later of which are only on occasion and as a means to better understand the martial arts as a whole or how to perform proper attacks which are necessary in training efficient defense.
2014 Women's Self Defense Class will be held Saturday January 18, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Cost is $8.00 which includes a kubotan for your keychain (Kristen Stewart also carries one). Please contact Shihan Gene Cross for additional details. See who attended the last class on Facebook.
Aikido training not only incorporates physical conditioning, but also places great emphasis on the development of positive human qualities: compassion, courage, endurance, and inner strength. In this spirit, Aikido training is undertaken with the goal of improving the individual and thereby society as a whole. Aikido does not rely on speed or force, but rather uses joint locks, pinning techniques, and throws to control a person safely and without serious injury. While Suenaka-Ha Aikido is an effective martial art for self-defense, it also offers a positive philosophy that includes the concept of unification of mind and body. Many of the things you learn on the mat will also enhance activities in your daily life. The techniques of Aikido include a focus on taking your opponents balance and redirecting his own energy. Generally speaking, your strength becomes greater then that of your attackers by using the force and strength they provide to you alongside the applied elements of centrifugal force. This approach provides a very powerful means of self-defense, without the requirement for physical strength. In fact, one of the key elements of Aikido is the ability to stay relaxed and centered in the face of adversity.
At Villa Rica Aikido in West Georgia, we believe in martial arts as a means of self-defense, personal and spiritual growth. For us, the study of martial arts is not just a hobby or pastime, but also a lifelong path of physical, mental, and spiritual development. We train techniques that work, regardless of the strength or size of our opponents. We focus on thorough practice and mastery of the essentials rather than mere memorization of techniques. We question, research, test, and revise every aspect of our study in order to become true masters of the art. We train hard on the mat and treat each other like family off of it. We believe that the only path to mastery is diligent practice and proper attitude.
In addition to being an excellent form of self-defense and martial art, Aikido classes are also an excellent aerobic activity that offers the following health benefits: