Going to the Cherry Blossom Festival tomorrow? The weather forecast predicts a 40% chance of snow and a high of 45 degrees. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, take comfort in the fact that I’ll be enjoying the wintry spring weather barefoot and in a robe, taking part in a 30 minute aikido demonstration.
I joined the Aikido of Arlington dojo late last fall when I was looking for a martial art to study. I wanted something that fell between the impracticality of my previous experience in fencing and the rolling on the floor with sweaty dudes common to some of today’s trendier martial arts. Aikido fits the bill perfectly with its focus on weapons training and using pins and throws to blend with and disable attackers.
I’m still very much a beginner so my role will be limited to a few basic moves, but the demo continues with the advanced students showcasing more interesting moves and weapons work. Weather permitting, we’ll be in front of the Jefferson Memorial from 12:45 to 1:15 if you want to drop by and watch us flip around in the snow.