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- Masks are required
- Stay home if you are sick or showing symptoms of any illness.
- Classes are limited to 6 students with 1-2 teachers. We encourage checking with instructors about space before class.
- Students are encouraged to wash their hands and hand sanitizer is available.
- Training weapons will be wiped down after use
- The dojo will be cleaned regularly.
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I have been training at AWR for seven years at the time of this review. I first walked in the door as an aspiring actor looking for some movement training, but what kept me coming was not just the training in a martial art but the clear friendship and community that develops among those who continue to train here. There is a diverse group of people and the instruction varies based on the instructor that evening and the members available, but it always gives you a link back to discovering more about Aikido as a martial art and philosophy. We may not be the ideal image of a dojo that you would expect in traditional martial arts training, but we offer an opportunity to learn and grow with the rest of us.
Great place to train and learn!
One of the most amazing dojos I’ve ever had the pleasure to call home. I’ve trained in Morioka, Japan, Munich, German, and many dojos in the States including Aikido West Reading for over 10 years. AWR has everything one needs for wonderful training – great teachers, engaged students and a community that has a willingness to learn from each other. The space is clean and lovely. There is humor, friendliness and openness. Also, as a woman, it’s important to me that folks be serious about their training (instead of their ego) and available to learn martial arts from and with a woman as equally as with a man – I find and appreciate this here. I remain completely grateful for the aikido and personal growth I experienced from my training at AWR and recommend it to everyone.
I visited this dojo as I was in USA in april 2017. I was welcomed wonderfully. I keep a very good souvenir of this night class. thanks to all of you. I wish you’ll enjoy reading my book over AikiCom
Very professional and friendly atmosphere. Very patient with new students. Ladies night on Fridays is well worth checking out. Very targeted to practical situations you can prepare yourself for. Builds confidence and the teachers are flexible and upbeat. Highly recommend! Easy parking in the lot behind the building.
I have taken several women’s self defense classes here and I loved it. Everyone I have met there has been patient and easy to work with. I am a small and cautious person, but never once was I made to feel like that was a problem. I always feel free to ask questions and take everything at a beginner’s pace, even when practicing with advanced students or teachers. I would highly recommend going to one of the Wednesday night classes if you want to try it out.
I also would recommend if you are a woman, please take at least one of the Friday night self defense classes. Michael and Sarah take any request seriously and make it an educational and fun way to learn how to protect yourself. This is really helpful for teenage girls, especially entering college and leaving home!
Aikido. . at my age?
If you’re 60+ yrs. old and are asking this question, please read on –
For the past 8 yrs., this lady (now 70 y.o.) has been studying the martial art of Aikido. Eight yrs. represents the cumulative total of my time in dojos and on the mat given life’s interruptions – relocation, new grandbabies, job changes and even death.
It has been one of the more life transforming choices I’ve made and is still shaping the course of my life, adaptation to body changes and, most of all – an insane love for the pursuit of well-being both physical and spiritual.
Arthritic changes, loss of flexibility, range of motion and balance can so benefit by the gentle, intentional movements in Aikido. Coupled with the caring and support of an outstanding Sensei, the spirit of the dojo thrives and promises to invigorate –
even on days when you’re feeling “less than”.
Do yourself a favor and consider a visit to Aikido of West Reading. Make your 4th quarter a season of promise!
Eric and Michael Sensei are both excellent and very experienced teachers. They provide a safe and fun environment to learn. Also, their students are really nice and at varying levels of experience so
this variability offers all students a great learning experience. I’d highly recommend visiting and joining Aikido West Reading!! I’ve made some great friends at AWR!!
Truly awesome dojo with fun people with a family feel to train with. With so many students and teachers, there’s no one you can’t learn from here. They’ll really watch out for you and support you in all areas of your training. They always, always, always went out of their way for me and my training. You can’t go wrong training with the AWR. Watch out–new friends, good times, and martial training ahead!