New Youth Program at Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute

September 2010
Gardena Valley JCI, 1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA  90247
(310) 324-6611, fax (310) 324-3223

Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Children’s Classes

Every Wednesday, 5:30pm-6:30pm beginning September 1, 2010

JCI Nisei Vets Hall


Contact: Mark (310) 200-6407

Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu is a Japanese martial art that first became widely known in the early 20th century from the influence of Sokaku Takeda.  It is best known as the technical foundation of modern aikido.  Primarily it is an empty-handed system featuring throws, pins, control holds and other self-defense techniques.

The program for children instills the fundamentals of Daito-ryu techniques, etiquette and discipline. Kids will experience the physical and mental benefits of marital arts in a safe and fun environment.

Mark Sumi is the instructor for the Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu of Los Angeles, Los Angeles branch of the Shimbukan dojo, located in Tokyo.  The Shimbukan dojo is currently under the direct supervision of Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei.  For further information regarding the Shimbukan dojo, go to

Beginning Breakdance Classes

Every Friday, 4:30p-5:30p

JCI Hall

$6/class or $20/month

Breakdance group, Wreckin’ Crew is excited to announce the start of a beginner’s breakdance class geared towards ages 8 to18 year-olds.  Performing now for just over a year at various fundraising, community and private events, Wreckin’ Crew consists of five recently graduated North High School students. They have been together since 2008 practicing and dedicated to the art of breakdancing.

Laughter Yoga

with Genie Nakano, certified Laughter Yoga instructor

Laughter Yoga Workshop (adults)

Saturday, September 11, 2010, 2:00p-3:15p

JCI Hall


Happy Yoga For Kids (and Parents)

Children 5-11yrs; parents of all ages

Every Thursday, 4:00p-4:50p beginning September 23, 2010

JCI Nisei Vets Hall


Be happy and healthy with “Laughter Yoga. Research proves laughing 15–20 minutes a day lowers cholesterol, strengthens the heart, immune system and keeps a smile on your face.  In “Laughter Yoga” we learn to laugh for no reason.   Everyone knows how to laugh.  We just need to laugh more. With playful moving exercises, yoga breathing and the power of group interaction, laughing is contagious.

Dr. Kataria from Mumbai, India started “Laughter Yoga” in 1995 with 5 people.  Today there are 60,000 laughter clubs in 60 different countries. Laughter is spreading the world!

Genie Nakano has been teaching throughout Los Angeles for over 35 years. She has taught at El Camino College, Music Center, USC, Gardena Adult High, Japanese American Community Center in L.A. to name a few.  She has an MFA in Dance from UCLA.  She was responsible for creating and implementing the Yoga and Chi Gong program for Older Adults Program in Los Angles Unified Adult School. For further information, you can go to: www:GenieYogini.Com.

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