Woburn Aikikai Llc

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I have been practicing Aikido on and off for several years; more off than on though. I resumed Aikido at Woburn Aikikai about 4 months ago. The minute I entered the dojo and watched the class, I knew I would join. If you're looking for true and precise Aikido training in the Boston area, look no further, this is the place. Not only Baron sensei is one of the greatest teachers I've ever had but in my opinion, you also gauge the quality of a dojo by the quality of the students that attend classes. Students here, including me -:), work really hard not only to master basic techniques but to improve their understanding of Aikido, all this in a focused and studious environment, yet warm and welcoming.

Aikido is a martial art that is very demanding and that requires from oneself significant involvement to make serious progress. But it is also rewarding and it is an amazing feeling to see your own progress and the ones of your fellow students. If you're ready for it, Woburn Aikikai is one of these jewels that you cannot afford to miss. You will get a lot of personal attention not only because the dojo is small but also because Baron sensei is a "purist". He is very demanding and he seeks excellence. He likes when things are done the right way and he will make everything he can to make you "understand". Should you be "stuck" with a technique and not getting it (and you will one day!), he will relentlessly take the time to explain and correct you; even if it takes several classes. Pretty amazing.

There are things that I have been doing wrong for many years and nobody told me! And I got frustrated. Baron sensei has helped me a great deal these past months. I still have a lot to learn but he's giving me directions, things that I can keep working on my own in manageable chunks, knowing that an attentive eye is looking over me.

Also important to me is the real community that I found here. We work hard together but we also have lots of good interactions. We party together (should I mention this?) once in a while and overall it is a very enjoyable environment to be in.

Stop by and watch: you will be hooked and you won't regret it.

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★★★★★

I have been practicing Aikido on and off for several years; more off than on though. I resumed Aikido at Woburn Aikikai about 4 months ago. The minute I entered the dojo and watched the class, I knew I would join. If you're looking for true and precise Aikido training in the Boston area, look no further, this is the place. Not only Baron sensei is one of the greatest teachers I've ever had but in my opinion, you also gauge the quality of a dojo by the quality of the students that attend classes. Students here, including me -:), work really hard not only to master basic techniques but to improve their understanding of Aikido, all this in a focused and studious environment, yet warm and welcoming.

Aikido is a martial art that is very demanding and that requires from oneself significant involvement to make serious progress. But it is also rewarding and it is an amazing feeling to see your own progress and the ones of your fellow students. If you're ready for it, Woburn Aikikai is one of these jewels that you cannot afford to miss. You will get a lot of personal attention not only because the dojo is small but also because Baron sensei is a "purist". He is very demanding and he seeks excellence. He likes when things are done the right way and he will make everything he can to make you "understand". Should you be "stuck" with a technique and not getting it (and you will one day!), he will relentlessly take the time to explain and correct you; even if it takes several classes. Pretty amazing.

There are things that I have been doing wrong for many years and nobody told me! And I got frustrated. Baron sensei has helped me a great deal these past months. I still have a lot to learn but he's giving me directions, things that I can keep working on my own in manageable chunks, knowing that an attentive eye is looking over me.

Also important to me is the real community that I found here. We work hard together but we also have lots of good interactions. We party together (should I mention this?) once in a while and overall it is a very enjoyable environment to be in.

Stop by and watch: you will be hooked and you won't regret it.

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My son takes the kids class at Woburn Aikikai and loves it. The instructors definitely keep them in line, but the kids love it and they have lots of fun.

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My son takes the kids class at Woburn Aikikai and loves it. The instructors definitely keep them in line, but the kids love it and they have lots of fun.

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I started January 2007, this review is as of June 1, 2007.

The instructors are very good and since it's not an overcrowded mat, you have room for some of the bigger techniques, and you get lots of direct attention from the instructors. I feel like I improve every day I train. There's a lot of focus on doing techniques correctly rather than just getting through them...definitely the way I want to learn. :-)

Sensei Baron also teaches Iaido (Japanese swordsmanship) though I don't study it - good solid aikido influenced by Kanai Sensei's teaching is the focus of the dojo, though.

Some of the dojos I considered before settling on this one offer classes only two or three days a week, from a single instructor... Woburn Aikikai has classes 6 days a week, every day except Sunday. Kids classes are Wednesdays and Saturdays, Iaido is Thursdays and Saturdays. The second class on Monday evenings is aikido weapons, with lots of jo and bokken work.

The fees are pretty standard for martial arts dojos, a little less than what I saw elsewhere. In particular the registration fees are low, and they have a coupon for a free introductory week at the moment that will probably stay around for a while.

In case you hadn't guessed by now, I'd highly recommend this dojo... the atmosphere and instructors are great, the location's easy to get too, and I leave feeling great every day I train.

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I started January 2007, this review is as of June 1, 2007.

The instructors are very good and since it's not an overcrowded mat, you have room for some of the bigger techniques, and you get lots of direct attention from the instructors. I feel like I improve every day I train. There's a lot of focus on doing techniques correctly rather than just getting through them...definitely the way I want to learn. :-)

Sensei Baron also teaches Iaido (Japanese swordsmanship) though I don't study it - good solid aikido influenced by Kanai Sensei's teaching is the focus of the dojo, though.

Some of the dojos I considered before settling on this one offer classes only two or three days a week, from a single instructor... Woburn Aikikai has classes 6 days a week, every day except Sunday. Kids classes are Wednesdays and Saturdays, Iaido is Thursdays and Saturdays. The second class on Monday evenings is aikido weapons, with lots of jo and bokken work.

The fees are pretty standard for martial arts dojos, a little less than what I saw elsewhere. In particular the registration fees are low, and they have a coupon for a free introductory week at the moment that will probably stay around for a while.

In case you hadn't guessed by now, I'd highly recommend this dojo... the atmosphere and instructors are great, the location's easy to get too, and I leave feeling great every day I train.

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I have been training regularly at Woburn Aikikai for about 7 months -- and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone interested in a martial art. The training is challenging, the dojo has a very positive, supportive atmosphere, and the instructors are excellent teachers and generally great people.
Aikido is a challenging and subtle art, and Michael Baron (chief instructor) has a strong technical background and can convey that well to his students, as well as having a great deal of patience. And we have a lot of fun!
Visitors are always welcome, stop by and see us.

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I have been training regularly at Woburn Aikikai for about 7 months -- and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone interested in a martial art. The training is challenging, the dojo has a very positive, supportive atmosphere, and the instructors are excellent teachers and generally great people.
Aikido is a challenging and subtle art, and Michael Baron (chief instructor) has a strong technical background and can convey that well to his students, as well as having a great deal of patience. And we have a lot of fun!
Visitors are always welcome, stop by and see us.

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If you're serious about aikido, or if you want to know what makes it special, here's the place to start learning. The instructors love what they do, they have a wonderful, traditional Japanese aikido dojo space that they built themselves, and the students are enthusiastic and serious. I can't recommend a better place to start or continue aikido training! For adults and children alike.

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If you're serious about aikido, or if you want to know what makes it special, here's the place to start learning. The instructors love what they do, they have a wonderful, traditional Japanese aikido dojo space that they built themselves, and the students are enthusiastic and serious. I can't recommend a better place to start or continue aikido training! For adults and children alike.

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