What is Kokyu Power Fitness and what will you learn?
Kokyu Power Fitness is an Aikido-based group fitness class designed to develop your Ki (energy — see description below), and a strong center — combined, this is referred to as Kokyu Ryoku in Japanese, which means Breath Power.
In Kokyu Power Fitness we will learn to develop Kokyu Ryoku through strong, powerful movements by practicing movement exercises from the art of Aikido — we will train with a partner, as nage & uke, where one person performs a technique and the other person receives the technique.
A portion of this class is comprised of Cardiovascular conditioning and body-weight exercises — in order to enhance our fitness levels while developing a strong center as a base for all of our movements.
Most importantly: We have fun learning together in a safe and energetic environment!
Tuesdays: 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursdays: 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2-hour Saturday intensives – See Schedule: http://gregsoon.com/schedule/
Location: Moving Body Resources
112 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Ki (氣) in Aikido is the character for Energy. It is the same character as Qi (or Chi) in Chinese – the character of Ki literally means steam — as in steam rising from a bowl of hot rice as it cooks. My education, training and understanding of Ki and energy in regards to Aikido was to develop my ability to have a strong extension of Ki from my tanden (丹田), or my center. In Aikido extending your Ki is referred to as kokyu (呼 吸) which in Japanese means breathing (as we extend energy through the act of breathing).