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Martial Arts Principles

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75 simbi per session

Rather than focusing on one martial art, this class is oriented toward working on principles that apply across disciplines, such as balance (breaking), angles, use of relaxed power, breath, and proper falling technique. For classes focusing on Aikido, please see other listings.
This class is good for people interested in beginning a study of martial arts and looking to get their feet wet but don't know which art to choose, beginning martial artists, or intermediate/advanced martial artists looking to develop skills and/or explore new areas. I am open to trading lessons with other advanced martial artists.

Training & Qualifications


I began my martial arts training in 2000, at seven years of age. I started in Aikido, which has remained my main focus, and I have since cross-trained in Taijiquan, Goju-ryu Karate, Judo, and Daito-ryu Aikijujitsu.

When I started teaching a class of middle schoolers, I called my first teacher and asked him for any words of advice or wisdom that he might share with me. He offered these two words, "Teach love." He didn't elaborate, and wished me luck. My interpretation has a couple of different parts:
1) Share my love for what I do, because if I don't love it, why should they want to learn from me, and how can they love it?
2) The martial arts is not about causing harm; they are about self-mastery. A practitioner of the highest level in any martial art should be able to defend himself from attack without harming his assailant. Besides, only hurt people hurt people. No one in a good place emotionally is going to attack someone else, so why would we want to cause more harm? If we are aiming to create the harmony that this world desperately needs, we have to start with our own reactions to perceived threats. We need to respond with love.

Availability & Preferences


These would be private sessions, either in home or in a park somewhere. An ideal amount of space would be around 25 sq. ft (5'x5' ish, not 2'x12.5').

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Cesar


Mike received Session of Aikido Lessons from Cesar
May 15, 2016
Cesar is an amazing instructor! I learned quite a bit in our hour session. I will take more in the future.
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Hi! I'm a 22-year-old "Jack of all trades, master of none though ofttimes better than master of one." I am an Oakland native, I went to college in NYC, and have returned to the Bay though I miss ...NYC dearly. My work experience ranges from sales to service to carpentry to teaching to security. show more

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