Sat, Oct 09 | Japanese Friendship Garden

Aikido in the Garden

Practice harmony with martial arts in the Garden!
Aikido in the Garden

Time & Location

3 more dates
Oct 09, 8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, USA

About the Event


With the fresh air, splashing waterfalls and craggy pines as your classroom, enjoy the gentle and harmonious movements of aikido at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. Aikido is a Japanese martial art form based in part on the ancient sword and staff traditions of the samurai in Japanese history. This class is the perfect way to get your body moving gently and is recommended for all ages and physiques. You will get addicted to practicing the wooden sword (bokken) and staff (jo) training forms which help you stretch the body better and more beneficially. You will see that you can move parts of the body a bit further than if you stretch unaided by this handy piece of wood!

In our Aikido classes in the Garden, you will learn the aikido way to move forward and backward with both wooden weapons as well as how to pivot and duck at the right moment. These exercises help in maintaining balance, improve mind & body awareness, and encourage correct breathing among other benefits.

You will also have the chance to explore meditation techniques that reduce stress and enhance overall calmness.

A wooden sword and staff will be supplied by Arizona Aikido for participants. Casual outdoor clothing is recommended and footwear that won’t slip off easily.


Instructor: Tom Haines, Chief Instructor of Arizona Aikido

Date and Time: Saturday, October 2, 9, 16, 30

Check-in time at Gate: 8:15AM

The class will begin at 8:30AM and end at 9:30AM

Your prompt arrival will ensure a more pleasurable experience not only for yourself but for the other participants. Please arrive at the check in time.

Fee: General $25/ Member $20 (per class), includes General Admission

Location: Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix – Garden, Behind the Giftshop or West Grass Area



Stay home if you are sick or running fever 20 Maximum per class Protect yourself while visiting the garden. Stay at least 6 feet away from others in the class Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based sanitizer after using the restrooms. Facial cover recommended

Attendance at and use of the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix and its facilities is at the sole risk of the attendee/participant and the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix shall not be responsible for any injury, sickness or harm experienced by an attendee/participant from or related to such use, and by its use, the attendee/participant assumes such risk.


All classes that do not meet the minimum enrollment one week prior to the start date may be subject to cancellation at the Garden's discretion. The Garden will contact registered participants in classes affected by cancellations and offer refunds or placement in an alternate class. Participants who withdraw at least ten business days prior to the scheduled workshop/class start date may receive a full refund on their registration. (A “business day” is defined as M-F.)

Refunds will not be given to workshop/class participants who withdraw after the class has been held.

Missed Classes

Workshop/class participants who do not show up to the workshop/class without notification before the scheduled workshop/class must forfeit their payment and reservation


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