At the Stamford Center for Martial Arts                   

   To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace

To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace

                                                                                                                                            Morihei Ueshiba

About the School
Class Schedule
- Brief History
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Seminar Nov 22 2014
Seminar Oct 11 2014
Seminar Jul 12 2014
Seminar Apr 26 2014
Seminar Dec 14 2013
Seminar Nov 17 2013
Seminar Sep 9 2012
C B Festival May 5 2012
Seminar Apr 15 2012

About Us

Aikido of Fairfield County holds classes at the Stamford Center for Martial Arts located at 100 Research Drive (Research Park in the Glenbrook area) in Stamford, Connecticut. We are affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation (Eastern region - under the leadership of shihans Yamada, Kanai and Sugano) and the International Aikido Federation at Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

The chief instructor, Ray Farinato, holds a 6th degree black belt in Aikido and is certified as a Shihan (Master Teacher) by the United States Aikido Federation. He has trained in Aikido since 1973 and has been fortunate to study with many Aikido masters in the United States and in Japan.

Aikido can be practiced by people of nearly all ages and physical dispositions. Beginners and spectators are always welcome.

Please join us in practice!


About Training in Aikido - Children's Classes

AIKIDO is a defensive martial art that aims to enhance one’s physical and mental balance.   Practice in Aikido develops both self-confidence and respect for others, while enjoying a physical activity that teaches how to neutralize rather than promote aggression. This demeanor is emphasized in both the children’s and the adult’s classes. 

Classes are one hour long. The first 10 minutes are occupied with warm-up exercises. The remainder of class activities alternate between repeated body movements to improve body-mind coordination and defense techniques. These are all done with a partner. 

In children’s classes we also include games designed to emphasize Aikido principles and techniques.  For proper training and safety, children’s classes are conducted with several adults co-instructing. This allows us to group the children according to age and ability. The children are given a sufficient amount of activity to work out their day's tensions.

Our primary goal in any class is for no one to become injured during practice.  Rolling in response to a technique is a basic skill in Aikido.  Our instructors teach how to fall and roll safely from the very beginning. This enhances self-confidence when doing the techniques. Techniques for children focus on simple avoidance, taking the other person’s balance, and neutralization methods. The joint locks associated with adult Aikido are not used with young children.

There are no competitions in Aikido. One of the basic tenets of the art is to teach that a practitioner is not meant to vanquish an enemy, but to restore harmony to a situation. Sometimes this means neutralizing an aggression; but more often it simply means avoiding a bad situation. While Aikido emphasizes awareness of one’s surroundings and demonstrating a respect for other people, reacting decisively with correct technique equally important.

Aikido has a ranking system (colored belts) for children. Practical tests are taken after prescribed numbers of practice hours and attainment of minimum levels of proficiency.

The head Aikido instructor in the children’s class is Tom Milucci (5th degree black belt). He is assisted by Ray Farinato (6th degree black belt) and other adult members of Aikido of Fairfield County, which is certified by the United States Aikido Federation.