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Aikido Westchester NY

The Martial Art of Peace


The Best Martial Art for You

Our Classes:
Tai Chi

In traditional martial arts, there is no best martial art - only a best martial art for you. This section is designed to help you identify the best martial art for you...

Our facility, however, only provides instruction in the martial arts of Aikido through Aikido Westchester NY, or Tai Chi through Still Mind Tai Chi Westchester. We are located on the outskirts of White Plains with a separate parking facility to make travel from Yonkers, New Rochelle and the Bronx convenient.

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Complete Youtube Video Series: Benefits of Martial Arts, the Best Martial Art for You, About Aikido and Tai Chi.



Aikido as a martial art is unique in its character in many ways. The techniques emphasize throws and pins over strikes. The movements are quite circular in nature, well suited to defend against multiple attacks. Solo forms is limited to weapons training in sword and staff. There is no competition and resistance in partner practice builds gradually with control. Finally, in Aikido the objective from the outset is to control the attacker without unnecessary harm, whereas many other martial arts begin with destructive technique and teach control later on in training.

Tai Chi

Tai chi, is taught mainly through solo forms. While strikes are taught, the emphasis again is on controlling the attacker without harm. Tai chi also has the greatest emphasis on health benefits of any martial arts. The student should be well suited to a slow meditative exercise at home that improves well being. A partner practice of competitive push hands can be started later to check the student's understadning of the forms.

Spirit* Technique** Competition Solo Forms Weapons
Aikido Control Throw No No Yes
Judo Destructive Throw Yes No No
Daito Ryu Jujitsu Destructive Throw No No Yes
Brazilian Jujitsu Destructive Throw Yes No No
Karate Destructive Strike Yes Yes Yes
Kung Fu Destructive Strike Yes Yes Yes
Tai Chi Control Strike Yes Yes Yes
Taekwondo Destructive Strike Yes Yes Yes
MMA Destructive Both Yes No
Weapons Yes Yes Yes
Krav Maga Destructive Both No No No

*Spirit- Initial emphasis on controlling an attacker without harm vs destructive technique. Ultimate goal of all martial arts is control.
**Technique - Empasis on throws, grappling & wrist locks vs strikes

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The discipline leads to improved efficiency and effectiveness while producing a happier and more peaceful person.

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A Typical Class