LIU Post Offers Course in Martial Art Discipline Aikido
Stephanie Koithan,Internal Communications Coordinator
LIU Post, Long Island University
This fall, LIU Post will offer a course in the martial art Aikido. The 1-credit physical education course is open to students of all majors and will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. in the Pratt Recreation Center.
Aikido is a martial art that integrates a pacifistic philosophy into its execution, focusing on redirecting the force of the attacker rather than confronting it head-on. Developed by famous martial artist Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido is a unique form of self-defense because it is also designed to protect the attacker from injury.
The course is taught by Sensei Robert Waltzer, who is also the director of Aikido of Queens, a dojo located in Little Neck. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Waltzer Sensei began his training in martial arts in 1969. Along with Aikido, he also holds the rank of black belt in Jujitsu and Karate.
Throughout his 36-year career, Waltzer has instructed law enforcement personnel from federal, state, city and county agencies as well as corrections officers, court officers, private investigators, security employees and public and private students. He is also the defensive tactics instructor for the Midshipmen at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. Waltzer has been featured in the New York Times, Crain's New York Business Magazine, on Japanese television, in the book "Martial Arts For Kids" and was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
The Aikido (PE 137) course is offered by LIU Post's Department of Health and Physical Education. For more information, please call (516) 299-2671
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