Aikido Classes

Aikido classes are taught by Mike Cardwell chief instuctor, Nidan (2nd degree blackbelt) and Melissa Gamble, Nidan, under the direction of Frank Roberto Sensei, Yondan (4th degree black belt). The class is located at 410 W. 16th St. where we share studio space with the Idaho Falls School of Ballet (IFSB) in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Aikido classes run year round and you may start at any time. We encourage you to stop by and observe a class. You may participate if you have a gi or wear loose, comfortable clothing, like sweats. It might be a good idea to read up on our Dojo Etiquette.

Classes generally consist of warm-ups, ukemi (falling), and technical practice. We will occasionally have weapons practice, as well as workshop nights when students are ready to being preparation for testing.

Snake River Aikido does not have a dedicated kids program at this time, but we do allow children to join classes with their parents if they are physically capable and mature enough.

Class Times

Classes are held twice a week: Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

Fees

You willl find the fees to be extremely reasonable and less expensive than just about any other martial art in the area. The current Aikido instruction fee for ages 18 and up is $50 per month, for ages 10 to 17, it is $35 per month.

Commonly used Aikido terms

Japanese English
nage throw
irimi entering
tenchi heaven and earth
kaiten circular turning
waza technique
koshi hip
ura behind
omote in front
soto outside
kokyu breath
uchi inside
kata same side
gyaku opposite side
tori / dori grab
te hand
hiji elbow
mune chest
tsuki thrust or punch

Techniques used in Aikido

Technique Description
ikkyo 1st technique wrist lock
nikyo 2nd technique wrist lock
sankyo 3rd technique wrist lock
yonkyo 4th technique pressure point
gokyo 5th technique wrist pin
irimi nage entering throw
shiho nage four corner throw
kaiten nage rotary throw
kote gaeshi wrist throw
tenchi nage heaven and earth throw
kokyu nage breath throw
koshi nage hip throw
juji nage rotary arm throw
ishi otoshi stone drop
aiki otoshi aiki drop

Attacks used in Aikido

Attack Description
kata te tori single hand grab
kata tori shoulder grab
gyaku te tori single cross hand grab
ryote tori both hands grabbed
ryote dori two hands grab one hand
shomen uchi overhead vertical strike
yokomen uchi 45 degree strike to neck/head
mune tsuki chest punch
ushiro tori grab from behind
ushiro tekubi tori hands grabbed from behind
ushiro hiji tori elbows grabbed from behind
ushiro kata tori shoulders grabbed from behind
ushiro kubi shime choke from behind
ushiro kata te tori kubi shime hand and throat grabbed from behind