I have always been attracted by the
beauty of Aikido and I consider myself fortunate to learn this impressive art from Stephanie Yap Sensei at Aikido of South Florida. I believe it is extremely important to practice the founding techniques of Aikido correctly within an unbiased environment and Sensei Yap's dedication and power to touch student's hearts through the eloquence of her teaching is very inspiring.
Beyond the high quality of instruction from Sensei Stephanie Yap, the camaraderie among students in the dojo also creates an even more powerful sense of confidence and enhances positive thinking, which all have positively benefited the unavoidable instabilities of day to day life. I warmly recommend this unique traditional school for all those who are willing to learn and practice the exceptional art of Aikido and enjoy the rewarding results of their passion and dedication.
Sensei Stephanie Yap constantly exceeds my very high-demanding expectations. She is not only an outstanding instructor in Aikido, but teaches my children extremely important traditional values. Honor, respect, work ethics, among many others. Immediately after visiting the Dojo, people realize that this school is not about money, not about business, but to truly share this amazing traditional martial art. Having spent many years practicing martial marts myself, it was very easy for me to evaluate a school, not only based on the techniques and style, but the whole philosophy and approach to teaching. It was NOT easy though to find the right school for my children... After MONTHS of researching, visiting and evaluating many many schools from Kendall to Boca Raton, I concluded that the best option for my kids was Aikido of South Florida. I consider myself very fortunate to have found a TRUE 6th DEGREE BLACK BELT in Aikido, fully accredited by the most reputable Aikido organization in the world. She is not only amazing with open hand, self defense techniques, but extremely proficient with weapons as well. If you are looking for a school that will not only teach your children (or adults) one of the greatest self defense martial arts systems, but values, discipline and ethics, in a no-nonsense positive environment, you found the right place.
I'm currently a student at Aikido of South Florida. I have attended a few martial arts schools including aikido and I would definitely say it's the best martial arts school in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. It is also the most traditional school. If you really want a school where you can master the ins and outs of aikido then this is it. Yap Sensei can sometimes be very strict in her training but this is because she gives great importance to mastering the basics and being able to perform the techniques perfectly on a fundamental level first before moving on to more advanced levels. I was never able to find this level of attention to detail in an instructor in any of the dojos I've attended before. Most other instructors will give you a few corrections here or there but then will accept your technique even if the basics aren't fully correct yet. Frankly, I don't think this type of training is for everyone. I've seen students leave the dojo after only one week because they're not used to this type of training, and I admit sometimes it can be very daunting both physically and mentally. However, if you do have the will to truly learn and can keep up with the training then this is the school you want to attend.
I have two sons and both have attended
Aikido of South Florida for almost 4 years. They have participated in Summer & Winter camps and they also train during the year. The dojo environment has been amazing for building their character, focus, discipline & sense of belonging. As boys, they have so much energy that is best channeled in an environment where they have organized, physical activity.
Training under Sensei Stephanie Yap is a once in a lifetime experience that has helped them increase their focus, learn new skills & working well with others. The training they receive is unique because the focus is not on violence or fighting but on self-defense & restoring the peace in any situation. Being responsible and doing the right thing is also a focus.
There are so many great mentors at the dojo. We are so happy to be a part of the Aikido South Florida Family. We look forward to many more years of training. The boys have enjoyed learning conversational Japanese as well as learning culture & practicing new mediums of art.
There are so many good things to say! If you are considering Japanese martial arts, this is the place to attend in South Florida.
Michelle Edmonds & Eddie Garcia
Proud parents Of Marlo & Dylan Garcia
Authentic Aikido. Walking into Aikido South Florida for the first time was quite an experience. The dojo has an expansive, spacious feeling with a distinct Japanese d
Exceptionally Taught, Sincerely Practiced.
I am a member of Aikido of South Florida and can sincerely state that it has been the best learning experience and decision I have ever made for myself. It has proven to be the most valuable tool in my life’s progression thus far as I have learned so much about myself through my practice.
Prior to joining the dojo, my understanding of any martial art was bound by frequent trips to Hollywood blockbuster films. So, like most people, I had envisioned many scenarios of what it would like to enter a dojo.
As I recall, Sensei Stephanie Yap required two classes watched before registration. This is so we can get a realistic impression of Aikido lessons, what to expect and what is expected from her members. Upon observing the first class, I found an instant admiration for the high quality of respect shared by so many people for the dojo, Sensei and the art of aikido. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of this environment.
I have found that through my time spent on the mat training and how the members are all responsible for taking care of the dojo, my respect has now extended to friendship with all students of Aikido of South Florida.
Through the physical and mental hardships of my training, I find that it has helped me tremendously in my daily life as it has heightened my confidence level and honed my concentration. I have found far more inner strength than I thought existed. Still, there is so much more to learn.
I am so fortunate to have found such a traditional school with a vigilant and insightful Sensei. Sensei Stephanie Yap is a dedicated instructor with an enormous amount of experience and technical skill and has a great passion for the art. She and the other members of the dojo are always willing to help anyone wanting clarification after classes.
Sensei says that as long as we stay sincere in our trainings we will always improve, and I look forward to growing and improving!
A traditional instructional style.
I had always wanted to pratice AIKIDO, ever since I saw a demonstration in California, but I never had the chance to do so, I have practiced Kung fu, Tae Kwon do
in the past but I have never experienced anything like AIKIDO, specially when is being taugh in a traditional style, by a very conscious, dedicated and uncompromising instructor, like Sensei Yap, she takes the time to impart her AIKIDO wisdom to every student, at The AIKIDO of South Florida dojo, you not only learn about AIKIDO but also about self discipline, commitment, humbleness and above all patience...I have been in the Private Investigations business since 1988, and in the Loss Prevention industry since 1989, I'm also an expert in interrogation/interviewing techiques, currently I'm the SRALPM for a major retail company, both the mental and physical training aspect of this discipline have allowed me to develop a higher level of energy, mental agility and awareness that I utilized daily as I execute my professional responsibilities...I highly recommend this dojo to everybody that wants to learn AIKIDO and more...
Great place if you want to learn Aikido. Joining Aikido of South Florida three years ago has been the best physical activity experience in my life. When I started, I had never done any martial arts and really did not know what to expect. I was not very coordinated, so learning at the beginning was very tough. But lucky for me, I found a place with a Sensei (Stephanie Yap) that just never has given up on me and would not take an “I am not coordinated” or “my body cannot do that” excuses. By training regularly, I have much improved my flexibility, focus, strength, patience and learning skills. I use what I have learned not only on the mat, but in my everyday life. On top of it all, I have gained a wonderful group of friends with a one of a kind martial artist mentality.
Excellent Instruction, great students, best Aikido!.
I have been a practitioner of Aikido for about 6 years, on and off. I have also trained in Krav-maga and I was a wrestler during my junior high and high school years.
I am currently working as a House Arrest officer for Miami Dade County. I do this job 4 days a week, 10 hours a day. This job requires me to keep tabs on offenders ordered to house arrest, by judges in Dade County (their charges can range from 1st degree murder to driving while license suspended). When an offender cuts their monitoring bracelet or leaves their home, I also go looking for them…..In my off time, I am a Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Miami Dade College School of Justice (law enforcement academy). I have trained hundreds of police and correctional officers in self defense. Additionally, one weekend a month and two weeks a year(normally), I serve the United States Air Force Reserve as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician(If you have seen the movie Hurt Locker, you know what I’m talking about). I have deployed twice to Iraq, as a team leader and I would go back as many times as I have to. I say all this so you will understand what type of environment I operate in and what dangers I am exposed to.
From November of 2008 to present I have trained at Aikido of South Florida, under the guidance of Stephanie Yap sensei. I have found Yap sensei to be a competent and thoughtful teacher. She is consistently detail oriented and instills this behavior in all of her students. Her methodology is contemporary, yet she maintains all the traditional aspects of Aikido teachings. She not only makes our classes physically and mentally challenging, but she makes them relevant and enjoyable. Her dedication to her student’s growth is beyond reproach.
My work environment can be very chaotic; I find relief in Aikido. Stress is the cause of many health and personal problems for people in my line of work. Aikido is a great tool to manage and relieve tension. Whether it’s the yoga we do for warm up, the weapons or empty hand training, you have to recruit a great majority of the muscles in your body. At the end of class, you would be hard pressed to find a group of muscles that haven’t been loosened up…During class you have to maintain focus; and discipline is a must. I operate in an environment, where lack of focus and discipline can be life threatening. Aikido has helped me to maintain my composure in tense and unpredictable situations.
Being someone who has a hand in training new law enforcement officers, I find Aikido to be a perfect fit. I would recommend it to anyone of my colleagues. The focus on body movement, balance displacement and joint manipulation are all aspects of defensive tactics for law enforcement officers. Aikido would be a compliment to any style of martial arts practiced and it would greatly enhance your vision and responsiveness.
Lastly, Aikido of South Florida is not just a place to learn, it’s a place to grow. When you join this dojo, you become part of a family; you are not just another face in the crowd.
Traditional Japanese Martial Art. The Aikido of South Florida dojo is an excellent school to learn the traditional Japanese martial art of Aikido. The dojo environment is disciplined yet very friendly and outgoing. They are always open to newcomers regardless of skill level, size, or strength. It is like a second home where the instructor and students are always willing to stay after class and assist you with your techniques. Sensei Stephanie Yap is extremely knowledgeable and an excellent instructor. It is amazing to watch and learn from such a skilled aikidoist. Aikido is not only a great martial art for self defense, it is also a good way to get exercise, lose weight, reduce stress, and improve your mental focus and clarity. If you are looking for a traditional martial art that instills discipline, camaraderie, excellent hand to hand and weapons training, then the Aikido of South Florida dojo is for you. I would highly recommend this school.
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