Our Club
Colopy-sensei applying a hold down.
The USC Aikido club is based upon Tomiki Aikido, or Aikido Kiyogi, sport aikido which utilizies competition to strengthen and refine the participants techniques. The club's focus is upon the physiology, awareness and tactical response associated with confrontation; self defense. USC Shodokan is affiliated with Tomiki Aikido of the Americas (TAA).
Kenji Tomiki was a 4th dan in Judo, when Jigoro Kano sent him to Ueshiba sensei in 1926 to study Aikido. Tomiki sensei was so fascinated with O'Sensei's teachings, that he devoted the rest of his life to the creation of a style of Aikido whose techniques were refined through competition. Tomiki sensei often remarked that competition was like "...painting the eyes on the dragon..."
The USC Club, was started by Bob Dziubla (8th degree black belt) in 1988. Dziubla sensei had the good fortunate to train directly with Tomiki Sensei at Waseda University in Japan. Today the club is led by one of Dziubla-sensei's students, Mark Colopy, a san dan (3rd degree black belt). Mr. Colopy is an architect and president of Jenkins/Gales and Martinez.
Student leadership is provided by President Bryant Ly, a third year Human Biology student; the Vice-President is Princeton Legree, a third year Philosophy, Politics and Law student.
Club FAQs
How much does the class cost?
Trying the class, or a few classes, is free. However, once you've decided to join, there is a fee. The Lyon center charges members either $65 for a semester or $120 for the year. (Subject to change. Please check online with USC Recreational Sports.) Half of that goes to pay for the room, while the other half goes into club funds for doing things like purchasing new mats.

Should I wear anything in particular for the class?
Standard gym clothes are fine. Once people decide to join, they usually buy a judo-gi. However, there aren't any specific rules regarding proper attire.

Can USC alumni attend, or do I have to be a student?
Both current USC students and alumni alike are allowed to attend our sessions.

Is prior experience with Aikido or another martial art required for attendance?
No, the majority of our students don't have any experience with Aikido before joining.
JOIN US in PED 201
TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
8:00pm-10:00pm

Contact: markcolopy@verizon.net


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