Aikido for Education and Underserved Groups
Sierra Aikido is a nonprofit California 501(c)3 Public Benefit
Corporation dedicated to delivering Aikido as a community service on the
San Francisco Peninsula. Applying a holistic approach to education
and wellness, Sierra offers regular Aikido training, workshops,
special courses and cross-training jointly with educational
organizations for underserved groups, other nonprofits, government
agencies, and education and health professionals.
Sierra Aikido is particularly interested in
jointly growing self-directed Aikido programs with other, like-minded
nonprofits in the education and wellness areas.
Aikido, a Japanese martial art, controls a physical encounter from the beginning
through timing and motion, rather than by subduing an opponent by sheer force
or speed. Unlike most other martial arts, training is always cooperative,
never combative or competitive.
Who Can Do Aikido
Aikido is for everyone. All over the world ordinary people
ages 7 to 70+, regardless of physical ability, practice Aikido. Anyone can
learn to do Aikido well with consistent support. You don't have to be athletic
or experienced in any martial art. There's no need to "get in shape"
first. Anyone ready to do moderate, aerobic, weight-bearing exercise can
begin training at his or her own pace.
Benefits of Aikido: Education & Personal Development
Win/win interactions, mutual respect|
Passion and skills for lifelong, self-motivated learning
Creative and critical thinking|
Problem solving skills
Being mentored and mentoring others|
Transferable skills to sports, academics, fine arts
Learning across generations, ages, genders, skill levels|
Appreciation for other cultures and diversity
Responsibility to the local community
1. Ongoing Classes, with potential overlap between the two categories:
- Student Programs @ Sierra Aikido Locations ( Public Access )
- Students train together with other Sierra Aikido members, as
individual referrals or in school groups,
but are taught and rated according to criteria separately developed on behalf
of the partner entity.
- Here we also operate our "train the
trainers" programs where we teach members or staff of member institutions for
eventual self-sustaining, self-managed programs at their respective
organizations, with Sierra's ongoing support.
- Aikido @ School or Club Premises
- Elementary through High School ( Restricted Access )
Curricula may be entirely designed and operated, or managed, by Sierra Aikido's
senior instructors, but operated by school instructors trained by Sierra Aikido.
2. Program Services & Special Events
3. Teaching Internships & Community Service (Teen, University Students
- Students earn community service credit and by teaching in our outreach
- Adults work toward Sierra teacher certification or become trained
volunteers for community programs.
4. Research Opportunities
University students and professionals observe and participate directly
in one or more of our programs to conduct research in their fields of
work or study. Research areas may include psychology, education, youth
development, adapted physical education, human biology, and
Feel free to
inquire for information, or to explore
a collaborative program for your organization. Or, contact
Sierra Aikido as well if
you're affiliated ( parent, employee, member, etc. ) with one of our partner
722 Gailen Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94303