SouthCoast Aikido is a small dojo with large spirit. We train with integrity and sincerity and strive to bring out the best in all our students. Our goal is to serve everyone in the community who is looking to learn martial arts. If you are looking to deepen your own path, or are searching for a martial art that is rooted in philosophy and spirituality, whatever the reason, self-defense, personal growth, an alternative to MMA, a new hobby or just curiosity, please come join us.
All of our instructors are certified Aikido instructors and even have experience working with children and young adults with special needs. We use Aikido training to promote stability, harmony, peace of mind, and health - and not just in the dojo, but in all aspects of your life.
Students not only gain self-defense skills, but also skills that will enhance their relationships -both personal and professional. You will undergo positive character development, gain leadership skills, and heal deficiencies in both your body and mind. And most importantly, Aikido training greatly reduces stress and is fun. We are built on a community that believes in giving back and supporting each other to achieve their goals. Join us, at SouthCoast Aikido in Dartmouth.
Benson Spivey Sensei is an internationally recognized Shidoin and 4th Degree Blackbelt in Aikido. He has dedicated much of his life to exploring personal expansion and performance methods.
Among his time training in Aikido, he studied under Bernice Tom Sensei, 7th dan, at Sunset Cliffs Aikido. While at Sunset Cliffs Aikido, he was a live-in student for 3 years and has continued training in Aikido for over 27. He has been a consistent practitioner and continues to learn and apply what he learned from Bernice Tom and others.
Benson has expanded his practice with an interest in the internal and meditative aspects of Aikido, where he incorporates that into his knowledge and application of technique.
Scott Fennell is a 3rd Degree Blackbelt and Fukushidoin. He has been training for over 16 years. He moved to Massachusetts from Virginia where he trained and taught Aikido at Aikido of Fredricksburg under Aviv Goldsmith.
He has a great ability to explain, in the simplest of terms, the principles of aikido making it easy for all to understand. Scott is currently running our Kid's program at the YMCA in Whareham.
Amy Casi is a 2nd Degree black belt who began her training at Greensboro Kodokan Aikido in 1992 under John Grinnell Sensei. She later joined John Cardoza Sensei at the Wellness Resource Center and has studied with Benson Spivey Sensei over the last few years. She teaches with a focus on intentionality, connection, and flow and trains with a joyful heart.
Mark Whalen is a 2nd-degree black belt and a Fukushidoin. He began training at the Wellness Resource Center under Don Cardoza Sensei and has since studied with Benson Spivey Sensei over the last few years. He brings explicit, thorough instruction and earnest intent to his teaching and training.
SouthCoast Aikido is affiliated with the Takemusu Aikido Association and Aikikai, Hombu Dojo, Japan. Together, we provide ranking, structure, and guidance through the teachings of O-Sensei.
We are also fortunate to be mentored by Aviv Goldsmith Sensei, 6th Dan, from Aikido in Fredericksburg. He provides support to our blossoming community.
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We encourage a healthy lifestyle, including body conditioning, clean eating, healthy sleeping habits, breathing techniques, meditation, social activities, adventure, and more.
Students are encouraged to continue to grow to be more than what they are.
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