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About Us

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 deflective and 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 Shihan (Master  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

Instructors

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Wee-wow Dumlao
6th Dan, Shihan

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

Wee-wow is an Occupational Therapist and is also a Certified Tai Chi Instructor. She is an adjunct professor at Florida International University.

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Maite Azcoitia
5th Dan, Shidoin

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

Maite is a Deputy County Attorney for Broward County and she is one of the founding members of Gold Coast Aikikai.
Freddy Del Pino
3rd Dan
Alex Milton
3rd Dan

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Marcos J. Menendez
3rd Dan

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Mark Ehlrich
3rd Dan

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Raul Menendez
2nd Dan

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Osiris Gomez
1st Dan

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Patricia Reple
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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