By Allen Payton
Brandy Lucky is a rarity in martial arts, as a woman sensei (teacher, in Japanese) of her own dojo.
“I really was, 30 years ago, when I started,” she laughed. “I started fresh out of college.”
Lucky is the sensei of a new studio in Antioch, known as Evolve Aikido & Movement Center.
Aikido is a Japanese, non-violent martial art, she explained. There’s no kicking, hitting or punching. It uses the force of the attacker to take them down.
“The founder would say if any of those are included, it’s not Aikido,” she stated.
Lucky first learned about Aikido at a dojo in Stockton, where she developed their juniors program and women’s self-defense program, before starting her own in Santa Rosa.
That dojo still exists, today and was handed over to one of her apprentices.
Her newest location, which just opened at 1211 Auto Center Drive in Antioch, is more than Aikido. Evolve offers instruction in Tai Chi, Jiu Jitsu, self-defense, yoga, dance and tumbling, plus cheer and gymnastics.
“It’s inspired movement, which is different than going to the gym,” Lucky said. “It gives you far better results than just being on the treadmill for 30 minutes.”
Each of the instructors are well-known and high-level in their fields. The dance instructor, for example, has a Masters degree in Dance.
Lucky is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Aikido and a Brown Belt in Kung Fu, as well.
“I got into this because I realized I could help change people’s lives,” she shared. “That trumped everything – my college degrees, the vision of who I wanted to be.”
“Seeing the results in a student who, after just a few classes, would think of themselves differently, walk and carry themselves differently makes it all worth while,” Lucky added.
The classes are affordable with an introductory price of just $5.00 each and instruction is for all ages.
She is starting an eight-week Beginners Course in Aikido in September and there is limited space. So, be sure to pre-register by calling 207-8656.
If you’re interested in starting on a new path of personal evolution, to feeling safe, healthier and more powerful, call Evolve Aikido & Movement Center, today.