Private Training Sessions by Appointment.
Introductory Class Fridays at 7:00pm (to attend: RSVP by the day before)
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“I love taking private Aikido lessons with Greg Soon. In his sessions I am learning to be strong, centered, relaxed and confident. It is the first class I have taken where I have been encouraged to listen to my energy and that of the person I am practicing with and to let my strength come from that. In addition, I am learning great self-defense techniques! Not only have I gained a lot from Greg’s sessions, but he is a pleasure to work with. He is kind, patient, funny, very proficient in his art, and a great teacher. Thanks to his teaching, I feel better in my every day life.”
Elana B., New York, NY
“Hey Greg! Wow, I felt really good after your class! It was just enough to make me feel sore & “worked’, but not crippled the next day! I REALLY enjoyed it! you give a very dynamic class!”
Sonya V., New York, NY
My teaching is based on my training as an uchi deshi (live-in disciple) of two students of the founder of Aikido: Seiichi Sugano and Yoshimitsu Yamada.
Thank you, ~ Greg Soon
Kokyu Flow Aikido with Greg Soon is a training method that teaches self-defense and develops core strength and physical fitness.
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art founded in 1942 by Morihei Ueshiba based on the techniques of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, a school of martial combat practiced by Samurai warriors during the Edo Period. Aikido was popularized in America in the 1980s as a violent fighting style as seen in films by Steven Seagal. Contrary to this, Aikido teaches its students to avoid violence and conflict by training the mind to remain calm in all situations, and the body to react in a way that avoids direct physical confrontation.
The difference between Aikido from other fighting arts is the Founder’s belief that violence is not the solution to an endless chain of human conflict and suffering. He developed a path to help humanity end this chain of violence by combining physical training with meditation. His focus on harmonizing the body and mind with extension of Ki energy is the goal of Aikido training. Training in this manner strengthens the mind and body, and settles the spirit.
Testimonials for Greg Soon:
“Gregory is an excellent instructor, working with individuals of all ages and physical types with instruction tailored to each individual’s abilities. His mastery of the craft is amazing and he successfully conveys his enthusiasm to his students.”
P. Hardy, New York, NY
“I have always respected the philosophy of self-defense by turning an opponents negative energy against them. This is a useful concept in the struggles of daily life and I have always wanted to develop those skills. Since I began taking Greg Soon’s Aikido classes, I feel I am on the right path. The skills that Greg can teach will be invaluable in developing a centered approach to life. To be able to fall down and get up again is not only a good workout in itself, but a good analog to life’s challenges and living a productive life. I highly recommend Greg’s class. He is an extremely knowledgeable and centered teacher that has allowed me to refine and test my abilities both physically and spiritually.”
L. Saffioti, Kew Gardens, NY
“Greg is a great martial arts teacher. I really enjoy training with him. He is patient, easygoing and has a good sense of humor; but he’s also specific with his instruction and serious in his aims. Taking his classes has definitely been worth my time because he teaches practical techniques of self-defense, drawing from a variety of martial arts, focusing on techniques that will actually help a person defend themselves on the street rather than spending time on antiquated traditional styles. At the same time, he integrates this with a lightly held, but deeply felt, spiritual understanding of how to use energy and intention, which has helped me to discover that I am much more powerful than I had realized before.”
S. O’Conner, Inwood, NY