Aikido Club

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Members of the Aikido club practice their moves during a club meeting. They  enjoy learning about the art of Aikido. Photo courtesy of Steve Zollinger

Members of the Aikido club practice their moves during a club meeting. They
enjoy learning about the art of Aikido. Photo courtesy of Steve Zollinger

With so many clubs on campus, it is difficult for students to decide which to attend. Aikido Club is a great option for students who want to be more physically active or learn self-defense.

Aikido is a martial art focused on self-defense, and it seeks to stop opponents without severely injuring them. It is considered one of the more gentle martial arts on the body, and does not result in as many injuries, unlike higher competitive martial arts. “It’s a very good skill to know how to defend yourself,” states Brekka Jensen, a member of the club.

Morgan McClain, the club president, agrees. “Knowing how to defend yourself without hurting the other person or restrain them if they are becoming a problem to you or others is a benefit to knowing aikido.”

Snow College’s Aikido Club meets at the west campus gym every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. Iaido (swordsmanship) class is taught on Saturdays immediately following the regular aikido class. Steve Zollinger teaches both. “He’s a very good teacher,” stated McClain, “he makes [aikido] very fun and takes the time to work through it with you.”

All are invited to attend whenever they can if they want to learn aikido. Students without any prior experience are welcome, as are those who have participated in martial arts in the past. “I’m very comfortable there, even as a beginner,” Jensen states.

There is a club fee of ten dollars, but if students cannot afford this, they are still invited to attend. For students who may want to learn aikido more seriously, it is possible to buy the martial arts uniform, or gi, through the club, but this is not required. “Just come try it out,” McClain says. “We’ll walk you through everything and make sure you are safe and have a good time.”

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