Aikido of Ramapo Valley
ARV was established in 1997 as a traditional Aikido Dojo, committed to teaching and promoting the martial art of Aikido as a way of life. Our Dojo is open seven days a week, offering classes for adults and children. We teach empty-hand Aikido, Aiki-weapons, and Zen meditation.
Aikido is a non-competitive martial art, based on the principle of merging with an attacker, redirecting the energy, and skillfully leading conflict to a peaceful resolution. Developing the ability to blend with an incoming force requires the cultivation of awareness, mind-body-spirit unification, and deep observation. Through learning how to harmonize with an attack and diffuse it, we learn how to harmonize and be one with life itself. The path of Aikido aims towards letting go of the resistive pattern, constantly flow, and intuitively adapt to all circumstances.
ARV is a member of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) and the International Aikido Federation (IAF).
Our Zen center, Eiryu-ji, is affiliated with Zen Garland, a spiritual community for Zen practice, service, and education.