Five Rings Aikido
1805 E Elliot Rd Ste 110/111, Tempe, AZ 85284
Five Rings Aikido was founded to promote the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Our practice is designed to promote skill in practical self defense and develop strength of mind and body.
Aikido, Aikido Training, Dojo, Self Defense, Martial Arts
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01/17/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I started training at this dojo about a year ago, and am having an awesome time. The training is hands-on with a focus on how we can apply what we are learning for self-defense in real-life scenarios. The quality of instruction is incredible with clear explanations and demonstrations of the principles and techniques. Clark Sensei blends 15+ years of Aikido training with his high school Tae Kwon Do training, collegiate big ten fencing, and 6+ years of Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun Kung Fu. To say he is a master swordsman would probably be an understatement, both in terms of knowledge about Japanese swords/swordsmanship as well as his skills with them. Gene is the other regular black belt instructor, and his credentials run so deep I probably don't even know them all: multiple combat tour US Army veteran with 17 years in special ops as a Ranger, 20+ years of Aikido training, certified self-defense/personal protection/combatives instructor, and multiple years of Krav Maga, Kyusho Jitsu and Haganah training. Not every great martial artist is a great instructor, but this is definitely NOT the case at Five Rings Aikido. Both Clark Sensei and Gene are master teachers, and it shows. I highly recommend Five Rings Aikido!
This is a great place to train. I've been practicing Aikido here for about 7 months, and I've been having an awesome experience. Clark Sensei is incredible both as a martial artist and as an instructor. His teaching style is very clear and understandable. He demonstrates the techniques and then we work with him and other students to practice them. It is very hands-on, with a lot of personal attention. Sensei also constantly points out how what we're learning can be used for self-defense in various real-life scenarios. There is a lot of variety with what we practice each week, which keeps the training fresh and a lot of fun. This is an awesome dojo!