The Way of Harmony
Aikido is a non-violent, non-competitive form of self-defense. A Japanese martial art rooted in traditional budo, aikido is unique in that it utilizes balance, leverage, and timing to blend with and neutralize an attack without the need to inflict lasting physical damage. Aikido philosophy encompasses respect for life, of self-control and self-discipline; aikido is the physical embodiment peace through strength.
Because aikido does not rely on exceptional speed or great strength, it can be practiced by equally well by men and women, whether old and young. And because we do not have a need to cause physical injury in order to protect ourselves and others, Aikido is practiced by professionals (such as law enforcement, education, and health care professionals, among others) who are responsible for the well-being of individuals who can, at times, be unpredictable or dangerous.
Through the practice of aikido, we strive to acquire not only martial technique, but also the capacity to remain calm and centered situations of crisis and stress in any area of our lives, whether it be at home, at work, or on the street.
The name “Aikido” is derived from three Japanese characters. “Ai” means “harmony”, “Ki” means “energy”, and “Do” means “path” or “way.”
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2011 USAF Winter Camp
Demko Shihan, 7th Dan teaching at the 2011 USAF Winter Camp in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Experience at a whole new level
Andrew Demko, Sr. has been training in the art of Aikido for 48 years and currently holds the rank of Nanadan (7th degree black belt) and is one of the most senior aikido teachers in the North and South America. He is one of only nine Shihan (Master Teacher) in the United States Aikido Federation that sits on the Technical Committee and conducts seminars at Aikido dojo throughout the Federation including North and South America. Demko Sensei’s classes are extremely well attended at seminars due to his powerful knowledge of the basics combined with a very cool, calm teaching style. Off the mat, he has consulted in various business enterprises with a strong finance background.
Patricia Demko has been training in Aikido for 46 years. She is currently ranked Godan (5th degree black belt and is a Shidoin (Certified Senior Instructor) through the United States Aikido Federation. She teaches the Aiki Jo and Boken on Friday’s from 6-7PM. Off the mat, she has degrees in Elementary, Adult and Health and Physical Education. She specializes in Adult Education.
Andrew Demko, Jr. began training in the art of Aikido as a child and grew up in the dojo. He currently holds the rank of Godan (5th degree black belt) and is a Shidoin (Certified Senior Instructor) through the United States Aikido Federation. With a very strong background in martial arts, he has studied Judo, Karate, Kendo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Off the mat, Andrew is a knife designer for Cold Steel.
David Janacone has been training in Aikido for over 25 years and teaches the Mixed Class on alternating Wednesdays. He is currently ranked Nidan (2nd degree black belt) through the United States Aikido Federation and is a full time educator in a Charter School teaching Martial Arts. He’s been a longtime member of Aikido Center of New Castle.
Bill Kopko teaches the Mixed Class on alternating Wednesday’s. He is currently ranked Nidan (2nd degree black belt). Before he began Aikido training in 1998, he practiced Tae Kwon Do for many years. Bill is active seminar participant and has trained all around the country. Off the mat, Bill is a Registered Nurse and has been in healthcare for over 15 years.
Aikido classes at the Aikido Center of New Castle are open to members and visitors. Members pay monthly membership dues and can attend all basics classes, as well as intermediate/advanced classes once the chief instructor determines that they have enough of a foundation to practice safely at the higher level.
Reduced membership rates are available for students, active members of the military, families, and by special arrangemen
When We Train
7:00pm – 8:00pm Body Arts-Basic
8:00pm – 9:00pm Body Arts- Intermediate/Advanced
7:30pm – 9:00pm Body Arts-Mixed Level
6:00pm – 7:00pm Weapons-Boken & Jo
7:00pm – 8:00pm Body Arts-Basics
8:00pm – 9:00pm Body Arts- Intermediate/Advanced
2:00pm – 2:45pm Weapons-Boken & Jo
2:45pm – 3:30pm Body Arts- Intermediate/Advanced
Aikido Center of New Castle Chief Instructor Andrew Demko, Sr. will be teaching a seminar at Aikido of Charlotte September 20-21, 2013.
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Aikido Center of New Castle Chief Instructor Andrew Demko, Sr. and Andy Sato, Chief Instructor of the Aikido World Alliance will be leading a seminar at Aikido of Cincinnati October 11–13, 2013. Click Here for seminar details.
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