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5 years for aikido class at Westside Community Center

Bob Mendiola (far right) teaches his class recently inside the Westside Community Center.
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An aikido class has been taught at the Westside Community Center for the past five years.
       Teacher Bob Mendiola hails from the Hawaiian Islands, moving to this area in 1995. In 1996, he retired from a career in security with the Department of Defense. He's worked the past four years as a line cook at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
       But during that time (and going back 40 years in all), he has studied aikido, a non-aggressive form of jujitsu that emphasizes averting attack. "It's a low-impact exercise,” Mendiola said. “That's why all ages can participate.”
       And he enjoys teaching the subject. “I have a passion to work with it,” he said.
       Meeting two evenings a week, two hours each time, his program is called the Isla Aikido Self-Defense Class. He said he prefers to have 6 to 10 students.
       There is a fee. As in martial arts classes taught elsewhere in the city, participants can earn belts by mastering levels of discipline.
       For more information on the Westside Community Center classes, call Mendiola at 930-8059, or call the center at 385-7920 x100.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 12/13/15; Community: Westside Community Center)

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