Wyndham Academy of Self Defense

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

What is Nihon Goshin Aikido (NGA)? -- NGA is a traditional Japanese martial art that is primarily defensive in nature. Click on the "About us" to  learn more about Nihon Goshin Aikido.

Why would I want to learn Aikido? - In addition to being an excellent form of self-defense, Aikido training can provide significant benefits in the areas of self improvement and physical fitness. You can learn more about the benefits of Aikido in the Benefits of Aikido section of our website.

Can visitors observe a class? - We encourage anyone interested in training to come by and visit us.  Visitors are welcome to stop by, observe a class and ask questions of the instructor.  Please sue the Contact us form to let us know you are coming by.  Class schedules are here.

Is Aikido an effective form of self-defense? - Training in NGA can provide you with a range of techniques designed to defend against grabs, strikes, kicks, and other attacks from one opponent or multiple opponents. Aikido techniques are well suited for self-defense as they allow a practitioner to effectively control a stronger or larger opponent. Please note that while Aikido can be a potent form of self-defense, the art is technically complex and will require dedication and sustained training to gain proficiency.

Can women learn Aikido, and use it effectively for self-defense? - NGA is an excellent martial art for women as its techniques do not rely on strength or size.  Aikido training will provide women with a portfolio of exceptional self-defense techniques as well as increasing muscle tone, flexibility, posture, and overall fitness.

Do you have any classes for children?  Yes, we offer classes for youth ages 6 to 13.  Click HERE for class times.

What you are rates?  One class per week is $79 per month, unlimited classes are $99 per month.  The first month is $150 which includes tuition, uniform, and registration fees.  After the first month, tuition is billed monthly via credit card or ACH.  There are no long term contracts.  

Is Aikido an effective means of improving physical fitness? - Most students find that Aikido training yields benefits in the areas of flexibility, strength, posture, and body awareness. As students become comfortable with the movements involved in Aikido practice, the speed and intensity of the training can increase providing an excellent cardiovascular workout as well as allowing development of increased muscle tone and speed.

Do I need to be in great physical condition in order to learn Aikido? - Students can begin training in almost any physical condition. If you have a unique physical condition or restriction, please contact us by email or phone. We will be happy to meet with you personally and evaluate your suitability for training.

Can older individuals (50+) learn and benefit from training in Aikido? - A number of our students in their 50s and 60s have made Aikido training an integral part of their lives. Because Aikido techniques rely primarily on proper timing, distance, and position, practitioners’ technique should improve with age and experience.  Many Aikido practitioners continue to practice and teach well into their 70s and 80s.

Is Aikido like the mixed martial arts ("MMA") you see on TV? - While NGA could be described as a “mixed martial art” because it includes elements of grappling and striking arts, it is different because our focus is on real-world self-defense and not competition. Our philosophy is one of partnership, and we all work together to improve our skills; we do not compete against each other or other schools.

I have more questions, or I am interested in becoming a student. Whom do I contact?  Please visit the Contact Us page with any questions you may have.