Rivertide Aikikai is a community center dedicated to the Japanese martial arts of Aikido and Iaido. We are located at 3198 Old Kings Road, just off of Route 23A in the Town of Catskill.
Rivertide Aikikai offers an opportunity for focused training in a welcoming atmosphere. Aikido techniques employ circular movements, timing and blending to effectively neutralize violent attacks with throws or joint locks. Training in Aikido develops mental focus, core strength, balance and flexibility. It can be practiced as a high intensity workout, as a meditative movement or simply for the fun of it! We seek to share our path of learning in the ”joyful and vibrant spirit” set forth by the founder of Aikido, where people of all ages and abilities come to find a path of learning that can last a lifetime.
Iaido is the traditional art of drawing the Japanese sword from it’s scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then resheathing the sword. Training is based on Muso Shinden Ryu.
Rivertide Aikikai’s Iaido Study Group is affiliated with the Kiyokaze Iaido Federation and is under the immediate supervision of Vu X. Ha Sensei of Boston Aikikai. Permission to participate is given by Sensei on an individual basis.