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The Abiding Spirit Aikikai is the only professional school of Aikido in McHenry County. We offer Aikido classes for adults and youths, as well as private lessons. Located at 1540 Carlemont Drive, Crystal Lake, Illinois, we serve McHenry, Cook, Lake and Will Counties, IL and cities such as Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Woodstock, Elgin, McHenry, Lake in the Hills, Huntley and Carpentersville, as well as other areas. We do not require contracts for training; membership continues on a month-to-month basis. Also, we offer family and student discounts. Our classes are always open for observation, or a free trial. Hope to see you on the mat!
Aikido is a non-violent, non-competitive Japanese art that uses paired practice as the main method of training. Though it is a physical process, it also develops the mind and spirit. Training focuses on defense rather than offense and protection rather than destruction. The practice is challenging but not rough, and is suited for adults and children alike. Those who train find added benefits in stress management, focus, concentration, and improved health.
I have been a student at the dojo for just over 5 years. In this time, I have grown as a person, thanks to my teachers and fellow students. cherish the sense of community in the dojo, where people invest in each other's development. Training has not always been easy, but it has always been valuable. I like the emphasis on etiquette and tradition and the various opportunities available to train oneself off the mat as well. I've become more aware, calmer and more physically fit due to my training here.
I've been training at this dojo for almost 6 years now, and the instructors and fellow students have become like family. For me, my mom wanted me to take martial arts before I went away for college, and what I gained has impacted my life in so many ways. I'm healthier, more thoughtful, and a happier person in general. If I'm having a bad day, I leave the dojo feeling uplifted.
As an artist, I feel I've learned more about my other artistic disciplines through aikido than anything else - it's all an expression of yourself, of your spirit, and what I've learned by channeling that physically on the mat carries over to my other arts, and vice-versa. It's mind-blowing sometimes, the way everything's connected.
The amount of patience, genuine care, and investment the instructors put into all their students, have put into me personally, is humbling. And you won't get this much personal attention from such experienced instructors most other places you go. Training is always a challenge(always!) but I think that's what makes it so fun and rewarding. And I gotta say...we all have pretty great senses of humor too!
Thanks for everything,
When I first came to the dojo, three years ago, my plan was to learn Aikido and Iaido. Something different enough to break up my weekly routine. But after learning my first Iaido technique - Koranto. I realized this was much more than just a place to go every week and train. Over the past three years I have been able to improve my coordination, concentration, training and watching the other students grow each week. and my understanding of the Japanese culture. I truly enjoy the challenge of learning new techniques, The sensei are excellent, patience and understanding. We're not just another dojo, we're family.
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