Brooklyn Aikido Center provides training of both body and mind through the traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido.
Students develop self-protection skills that are dynamic, vigorous and executed with compassion. Aikido inspires personal development to increase confidence, calmness, and focus. Training challenges both the body and mind bringing fitness beyond just the physical.
We aim to calm the mind, see things just as they are, and act decisively in even the most intense of situations.
We are a fully volunteer run organization.
As a member of Zenshinkai Aikido Association, our dojo offers a traditional martial arts experience. Our goal is to deliver quality instruction based on the foundation set by the late Shihan Fumio Toyoda. The name “Hoshinkan” dojo (“Original Mind School”) was given to the dojo by Greg Noble Sensei.
Seth Giammanco Sensei is the chief instructor at Brooklyn Aikido Center. He began his training in 2002 as a student of Jikishinkan Aikido Dojo under Stewart Johnson Sensei. Currently, he is ranked as Sandan (3rd degree black belt) by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Japan.
Today Giammanco Sensei is a student of G. Noble Sensei and has affiliated Brooklyn Aikido Center with the Zenshinkai Aikido Association.
Giammanco Sensei has a background in elementary education. He finds the continuous improvement that training in the the Art of Aikido offers a life-altering challenge and source of enjoyment. Off the mat, he works with a design and digital team that works with nonprofit organizations.
Beginners are always welcome. Attending our regularly scheduled classes, beginner students are safely guided and supported as they are immersed in Aikido training. For beginners, early emphasis is placed on learning to roll and fall, on basic body movement, and on relaxation. These are foundational elements of Aikido practice.