This our second year in operation, 2018 was an exciting one for Brooklyn Aikido Center.
The following are some highlights:
- Seth Giammanco Sensei was tested and passed his Yondan Exam at the Zenshinkai Aikido Association’s (ZAA) Summer training seminar. One part of this exam is writing an essay to reflect on the impact of Aikido off the mat. You can read more about this which expresses key details about why Brooklyn Aikido Center: Hoshinkan dojo exists.
- Seth Giammanco Sensei was honored to be asked and to accept a position on the ZAA National Teaching Committee.
- We gave a demonstration to share the art with our community at the Church Ave. Street Fair.
- We established a ranking and testing curriculum into our Aiki Kids Program that has been very well received and deemed successful by all accounts.
- We have purchased additional equipment including bokken (wooden swords) for our youth program and more pillows for Zazen (seated medition). We are particularly happy to see growing interest in Zazen by adult members.
- Student retention and commitment has been excellent across all levels and it shows in ranks achieved by student members.
December of 2016
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. Aikido inspires personal development to increase confidence, calmness, and focus. Training challenges both the body and mind bringing fitness beyond just the physical.
Ultimately we aim to help students evolve their ability to assess their interactions with others in real time — to use this ability to make the bad better and the better remarkable.
This school exists and functions as a labor of love — to create an inclusive, safe, and supportive community for personal development. We are fully volunteer run — this includes our instructors. All proceeds received this year for our services have gone to sustaining and growing our dojo.
- Owner and Chief Instructor - Seth Giammanco, Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt)
- Aiki Kids - Michelle Perreault, Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt)
This past year we have given training in this wonderful art to:
- 26 Kids (4-12)
- 16 Adults (13+)
Here are a couple reviews shared:
“I found the Dojo online and it was the closest option to me so i went for a trial class, immediately i knew that i will continue studying the art of Aikido under the instruction of Sensei Giammanco, I spent 3 months going there before moving away and I feel the teachings inquired during this time had direct and profound impact on me and my life and left me craving to learn more about the art of Aikido, I only wish i
found this dojo earlier”
— Guy Gravnosky
“I have been a student here about three months and it has been exactly what I needed. Ninety minutes a few times a week has changed the way I move through my life the other 9,900. I no longer make grunting sounds getting up so that’s a plus. I like the structure of it too. Sensei demonstrates a technique, then we try it, inevitably get it not quite right but he gives us the time and space to puzzle through it. I’m also thankful for the senior students who graciously help us white belts along with good tips and guidance. The dojo feels like a shared space that we all help to take care of. Plus maybe someday I’ll be able to disarm someone coming at me with a knife so that’s cool.”
— David Dana
Growing Our Following
Brooklyn Aikido Center provides training of both body and mind through the traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido and Zazen meditation. If you have any questions about our programs please email us or call us at 347-735-6744.
Interested in watching or taking a trial class? Contact us to set up a time.