Aikido, a member of ASU (Aikido
School of Ueshiba), is led by Larry Bowman Sensei, who has maintained
an Aikido training program in Spokane for many years.
Bowman Sensei and his core group of senior students welcome both beginning
and advanced students.
Spokane Aikido meets
The Spokane Regional Police
2302 N. Waterworks
Spokane Valley, WA
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Monday & Friday Evenings 6-8 pm
Sensei has been training in martial arts been for 34 years, studying Tae
Kwan Do first and switching to Aikido because of its application in law
enforcement: "Rarely if ever did I punch or kick a person in a
professional role. It is much more common to need to throw a combatant to
the ground and/or maintain them in an immobile position without injuring
them. Aikido is absolutely appropriate to that goal. Our intent is not to
After years spent training in the US, Bowman Sensei studied at Hombu Dojo
in Japan for approximately 13 months and received his Shodan, or first
degree black belt, there in 1983. He is now a Yodan, or fourth degree
Bowman Sensei says of his philosophy:
have been teaching Aikido for the 15 years that I have been in Spokane,
starting instructing a group of police officers and then including non-law
enforcement. I continue to teach and train Aikido to maintain my skill
level and introduce a martial art to individuals who will be able to train
the rest of their lives and continue to grow in the art."
On the benefits of Aikido:
"Training in Aikido has resulted in an extended family of friends--one
develops a different relationship on the mat when it is noncompetitive.
Aikido is very physical, and I encourage my students to practice it in a
real life manner, but the intent of non-injury is profound."