Jim Klar

Jim Klar, Sensei, began his study of Aikido at Cleveland Aikikai in 1987, and was awarded his shodan (first degree black belt) in 1991. In 1992 he traveled to Japan where he continued his training for two years under Ikuhiro Kubota Shihan (Nara Aikikai) and Kazuo Nomura Shihan (Osaka Aikikai). Upon returning to the United States in 1994, he resumed his training under Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and became an instructor at Cleveland Aikikai. He received his nidan (second degree black belt) in 1995. In 1996 he became head instructor at Oberlin Aikikai. He became head instructor of Cleveland Aikikai in 1998. In 1999, Saotome Shihan awarded him the rank of sandan (third degree black belt). Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan promoted Klar Sensei to yondan (fourth degree black belt) in May of 2007.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Northeast Ohio, Klar Sensei is very active in seeking out new training opportunities through his travels to intensive seminars around the United States and inviting high-ranking instructors to teach in Northeast Ohio.

Sword in Aikido

Based on the ancient Samurai arts of Japan, Aikido training employs practice with Bokken (wooden practice sword) as well as open-hand training. This workshop features a demonstration and explanation of Tachi-dori (unarmed defender facing an attacker with sword), various sword and bokken Kata (paired practice forms), plus instruction in a form for practice on your own.

















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