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Popularity of Japanese Martial Art Aikido Extends to Monterey Park

Monterey Park, CA, August 12, 2015 --( With over 1.5 million active practitioners around the world, Aikido, a Japanese martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba in the 1920s, is one of the more popular martial arts in the globe. With the opening of Southland Aikido School in April 2015, the city of Monterey Park now features a fully accredited, Aikido training hall just two miles from the Cal State Los Angeles campus.

Men and women, both young and old, enjoy practicing around the world. Derived from traditional samurai ways, Aikido utilizes joint locks and throws with the aim of minimizing harm to the assailant. Translated literally, Aikido is “the way of the spirit of harmony.”

Located at 670 Monterey Pass Road, Suite 210, the Southland Aikido School is the only Monterey Park Aikido school directly affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation (USAF), with direct affiliation with the Aikikai World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Southland Aikido’s instructors have an average 30 years experience and are fully certified to teach Aikido. The curriculum includes Japanese weapons work (wooden staff and wooden sword), as well as Iaido, the art of Japanese sword drawing using a live blade.

Southland Aikido School will be hosting is first open house on September 26, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All residents of the Monterey Park community and surrounding cities are welcome to attend.

About Southland Aikido School
Southland Aikido was originally founded in the early 1990s by Dr. James Graves to provide quality instruction for Aikido in Los Angeles. It was reestablished in 2015 to provide a vibrant and positive environment to practice Aikido. As a member of the United States Aikido Federation and the Aikikai World Headquarters in Japan, Southland Aikido’s mission is to promote traditional Aikido to Monterey Park and surrounding San Gabriel Valley communities.

Contact Information
Dr. James Graves, Chief Instructor, Southland Aikido
Address: 670 Monterey Pass Rd #210, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Phone: (626) 826-1991
Contact Information
Southland Aikido
Dr. James Graves
(626) 826-1991

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