Aikido OF South FL
2028 Hollywood Blvd Ste A, Hollywood, FL 33020
Aikido Of South Florida
Parking: Garage, Paid, Street, Lot, Self, Free
Bike Parking: Yes
Classes Offered: Martial Arts
Pets Allowed: No
I started training at Aikido of South Florida over ten years ago, and it hardly seems to have been so long. During this time, I have had the opportunity to experience so many adventures that would have normally escaped my life. I, for one, have evolved greatly through my involvement with the dojo, which in turn, has enriched my life on many other levels. I feel incredibly fortunate and appreciative to have a teacher so dedicated to the art and to her students, as well as to her own teacher, Saito Sensei. The fact that she still goes and trains herself every year for a at leaf a month it inspirational in itself. Sensei Yap continues to inspire all who she seems to touch and so much of her experience has been engrained in her students due to her relationship with each one of her students.
I am a part of a very unique environment that is not only due to the exceptional instruction, but also the unique sense of family and trust that permeates throughout the dojo and it's members. The classes at Aikido of South Florida are just as noteworthy as they are a combination of being physically and mentally challenging. Sensei Yap creates an intense atmosphere which somehow compels you to perform better and help and inspire others to do the same. Being a member has afforded me some of the best experiences and it is a lifestyle changer. I will not hesitate in the least to recommend this school as something that must be experienced. It's very disciplined dojo, and the rewards are worth it.
11/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I am a member of Aikido of South Florida and can sincerely state that it has been the best learning experience and decision I have ever made for myself. It has proven to be the most valuable tool in my life’s progression thus far as I have learned so much about myself through my practice.
Prior to joining the dojo, my understanding of any martial art was bound by frequent trips to Hollywood blockbuster films. So, like most people, I had envisioned many scenarios of what it would like to enter a dojo.
As I recall, Sensei Stephanie Yap required two classes watched before registration. This is so we can get a realistic impression of Aikido lessons, what to expect and what is expected from her members. Upon observing the first class, I found an instant admiration for the high quality of respect shared by so many people for the dojo, Sensei and the art of aikido. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of this environment.
I have found that through my time spent on the mat training and how the members are all responsible for taking care of the dojo, my respect has now extended to friendship with all students of Aikido of South Florida.
Through the physical and mental hardships of my training, I find that it has helped me tremendously in my daily life as it has heightened my confidence level and honed my concentration. I have found far more inner strength than I thought existed. Still, there is so much more to learn.
I am so fortunate to have found such a traditional school with a vigilant and insightful Sensei. Sensei Stephanie Yap is a dedicated instructor with an enormous amount of experience and technical skill and has a great passion for the art. She and the other members of the dojo are always willing to help anyone wanting clarification after classes.
Sensei says that as long as we stay sincere in our trainings we will always improve, and I look forward to growing and improving!
05/31/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I had always wanted to pratice AIKIDO, ever since I saw a demonstration in California, but I never had the chance to do so, I have practiced Kung fu, Tae Kwon do
in the past but I have never experienced anything like AIKIDO, specially when is being taugh in a traditional style, by a very conscious, dedicated and uncompromising instructor, like Sensei Yap, she takes the time to impart her AIKIDO wisdom to every student, at The AIKIDO of South Florida dojo, you not only learn about AIKIDO but also about self discipline, commitment, humbleness and above all patience...I have been in the Private Investigations business since 1988, and in the Loss Prevention industry since 1989, I'm also an expert in interrogation/interviewing techiques, currently I'm the SRALPM for a major retail company, both the mental and physical training aspect of this discipline have allowed me to develop a higher level of energy, mental agility and awareness that I utilized daily as I execute my professional responsibilities...I highly recommend this dojo to everybody that wants to learn AIKIDO and more...
05/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Joining Aikido of South Florida three years ago has been the best physical activity experience in my life. When I started, I had never done any martial arts and really did not know what to expect. I was not very coordinated, so learning at the beginning was very tough. But lucky for me, I found a place with a Sensei (Stephanie Yap) that just never has given up on me and would not take an “I am not coordinated” or “my body cannot do that” excuses. By training regularly, I have much improved my flexibility, focus, strength, patience and learning skills. I use what I have learned not only on the mat, but in my everyday life. On top of it all, I have gained a wonderful group of friends with a one of a kind martial artist mentality.
05/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have been a practitioner of Aikido for about 6 years, on and off. I have also trained in Krav-maga and I was a wrestler during my junior high and high school years.
I am currently working as a House Arrest officer for Miami Dade County. I do this job 4 days a week, 10 hours a day. This job requires me to keep tabs on offenders ordered to house arrest, by judges in Dade County (their charges can range from 1st degree murder to driving while license suspended). When an offender cuts their monitoring bracelet or leaves their home, I also go looking for them…..In my off time, I am a Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Miami Dade College School of Justice (law enforcement academy). I have trained hundreds of police and correctional officers in self defense. Additionally, one weekend a month and two weeks a year(normally), I serve the United States Air Force Reserve as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician(If you have seen the movie Hurt Locker, you know what I’m talking about). I have deployed twice to Iraq, as a team leader and I would go back as many times as I have to. I say all this so you will understand what type of environment I operate in and what dangers I am exposed to.
From November of 2008 to present I have trained at Aikido of South Florida, under the guidance of Stephanie Yap sensei. I have found Yap sensei to be a competent and thoughtful teacher. She is consistently detail oriented and instills this behavior in all of her students. Her methodology is contemporary, yet she maintains all the traditional aspects of Aikido teachings. She not only makes our classes physically and mentally challenging, but she makes them relevant and enjoyable. Her dedication to her student’s growth is beyond reproach.
My work environment can be very chaotic; I find relief in Aikido. Stress is the cause of many health and personal problems for people in my line of work. Aikido is a great tool to manage and relieve tension. Whether it’s the yoga we do for warm up, the weapons or empty hand training, you have to recruit a great majority of the muscles in your body. At the end of class, you would be hard pressed to find a group of muscles that haven’t been loosened up…During class you have to maintain focus; and discipline is a must. I operate in an environment, where lack of focus and discipline can be life threatening. Aikido has helped me to maintain my composure in tense and unpredictable situations.
Being someone who has a hand in training new law enforcement officers, I find Aikido to be a perfect fit. I would recommend it to anyone of my colleagues. The focus on body movement, balance displacement and joint manipulation are all aspects of defensive tactics for law enforcement officers. Aikido would be a compliment to any style of martial arts practiced and it would greatly enhance your vision and responsiveness.
Lastly, Aikido of South Florida is not just a place to learn, it’s a place to grow. When you join this dojo, you become part of a family; you are not just another face in the crowd.
04/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The Aikido of South Florida dojo is an excellent school to learn the traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido. The dojo environment is disciplined yet very friendly and outgoing. They are always open to newcomers regardless of skill level, size, or strength. It is like a second home where the instructor and students are always willing to stay after class and assist you with your techniques. Sensei Stephanie Yap is extremely knowledgeable and an excellent instructor. It is amazing to watch and learn from such a skilled aikidoist. Aikido is not only a great martial art for self defense, it is also a good way to get exercise, lose weight, reduce stress, and improve your mental focus and clarity. If you are looking for a traditional martial art that instills discipline, camaraderie, excellent hand to hand and weapons training, then the Aikido of South Florida dojo is for you. I would highly recommend this school.
04/16/2010Provided by Citysearch -
It’s not enough to know the type of martial arts and to have the guts to actually learn it. You have to do your research ‘coz enrolling in a school can either make or break you. I believe I chose the right Aikido school. Based from my inquiry and observation of the classes before joining, as well as my first-hand experience with Sensei Stephanie and the sempai (higher belters), I can attest that they really know their craft. What’s unique about the school is that I not only learn the open hand techniques (what Aikido is known for) but also the weapon techniques. I didn’t even know that Aikido uses weapons before this. Thus, I got more than I bargained for! What’s more, the atmosphere in the dojo is very welcoming. It’s a fusion of different cultures with people from different walks of life yet sharing that bond known as Aikido. We also get to hang-out after classes. Sometimes have parties at the dojo, so it’s like having an extended family. Which I think is so cool!!
Being in aikido class for me is a therapy. It de-stresses and helps me cope with depression caused by the struggles of my personal life and my stressful work. It makes me zone out everything for at least 2 hours while on the mat and just focus on the class. Aikido is self-defense and my form of exercise. Looking at my friends who are depressed and so stressed out with work, I’d say in my mind…that used to be me. But, I’m feeling better now, and I ain’t going back to that!
Would I recommend Aikido of South Florida to friends? Most definitely…not only to friends but to all the readers of this article! I stand 5’, but I can work with anybody in class (be it a 6’ guy), it doesn’t matter ‘coz it works. If I can do it, so can everyone else!
12/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Aikido of South Florida is the most inherently traditional school of the art in Florida. It's comforting to know that proponents of other schools who will denigrate other establishments in order to promote themselves can hardly spell or properly structure a sentence.