About Aikido / Our Dojo

Aikido is a non-competitive martial art that emphasizes blending with an opponent's attack. The essence of Aikido techniques are circular in nature. The movements are designed to coordinate the defending and attacking bodies in order to redirect the natural flow and energy of the attack and neutralize it. In this way, Aikido harmonizes all motion in a positive way instead of trying to conflict with it. Daily Aikido practice is based on mutual respect, cooperation and friendship. A basic premise of Aikido is that the mind, body, and spirit must act together. 

Because Aikido is a multidimensional martial training system, it offers the practitioner a myriad of benefits. Aikido students gain a deeper knowledge of many aspects of themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Some of the physical benefits are: improved coordination, increased strength, greater stamina, increased flexibility, better posture and balance, and improved overall cardiovascular fitness. Aikido techniques also facilitate concentration, develop sensitivity, and promote relaxation.

 

Through serious Aikido training, one develops the ability to respond positively to stressful situations. Training helps nurture a strong, yet supple and relaxed, body as well as a calm, clear mind. At its highest level, Aikido is a welcome alternative to violence. 

Gold Coast Aikikai was founded June, 1997 by Wee-wow Dumlao Sensei, Rokudan (6th degree black belt) and USAF Shidoin (certified instructor). Its purpose is to provide Aikido training according to the principles of Aikido's Founder, Morihei Ueshiba. We are a proud member of the USAF (United States Aikido Federation) and we are affiliated with the Aikikai World Headquarters in Toyko, Japan.

 

Teachers

Evelyn Acosta
3rd Dan
Wee-wow Dumlao
6th Dan

Wee-wow began her Aikido training in 1985. She is the founder and Chief Instructor of Gold Coast Aikikai. She holds the certification of Shidoin (Senior Certified Instructor), affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation (USAF).

Maite Azcoitia
5th Dan

Maite began her Aikido training at Gold Coast Aikikai in 1996. She holds the certification of Fukushidoin (Certified Assistant Instructor) with the United States Aikido Federation (USAF).

She is one of the founding members of Gold Coast Aikikai.

Evelyn began her Aikido training at Gold Coast Aikikai in 2002. She is a senior instructor at Gold Coast Aikikai. 

Freddy Del Pino
2nd Dan

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Alex Milton
2nd Dan

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Marcos J. Menendez
2nd Dan

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Osirirs Gomez
1st Dan

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Derrick Wilkes
1st Dan

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Chris Torres
1st Dan

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Contact Us

Gold Coast Aikikai
 

8482 SW 8th St. (Festival Plaza) Miami, Florida 33144

Dojo: 305-264-1773

Voice/Text: 786-245-9035

Email: gcaikikai@gmail.com

 

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