by Kiana Johnson
Practicing martial arts goes far beyond throwing punches and kicks. In fact, there are many useful skills learned that are applied in everyday life. For example, discipline is a key element in many different forms of martial arts. Individuals are taught to focus on goals and to resist temptations and obstacles that may come in between them and achieving these goals. It also teaches individuals how to be strong and confident as well as self-motivated.
Paul Olszewski, a Dominican University alumni, teaches traditional Japanese Aikido style martial arts. He states, “This style focuses on slightly diverting the energy of the attacker against them as opposed to using brute force and strength to over power your opponent. There are no competitions in our style of Aikido just friendly demonstrations with a training partner.”
Paul has been studying Aikido since 2007 and is currently ranked a 2nd degree black belt. He has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the last six years. Paul claims that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), “compliments the standing art of Aikido.”
Besides the physical and mental benefits of practicing martial arts, Paul has been able to travel the world to meet and train with other martial artists. “Living a martial arts life style gives you a confidence and happiness that enables you to stay calm under pressure, smile, and help others on and off the training mat discover their potentials.”
Paul has recently opened his own Martial Arts school in Petaluma called Takemusu Aikido of Petaluma (TAP) martial arts. He strongly encourages everyone to try martial arts in their lifetimes and claims, “there are so many benefits aside from helping you become a better person in life. I would be more than happy to introduce anyone interested to a free class at Takemusu Aikido of Petaluma.”
If you're interested in giving Japanese Aikido a try, you can visit TAP’s website at www.traditional-aikido.com