Aikido of Nebraska was featured in the October Edition of the Star City Sports, a local newspaper/magazine fearturing recreation and sporting activities in the Lincoln area. The article is reprinted in its entirety below.
Lincoln’s Newest Martial Arts School, Aikido of Nebraska Opens at 33rd & Pioneers
by Dennis Buckley, Star City Sports editor
When you’re an emergency-room doctor who wants to open a martial arts school, it’s probably wise to avoid aggressive martial-arts styles that are deemed more likely to send participants to your emergency room.
Sensei Todd Roberts now has the best of both worlds. The emergency-medicine specialist enjoys his work as a doctor in the BryanLGH Medical Center Emergency Department. After hours, he now owns and operates Aikido of Nebraska, a new martial arts school at 4209 S. 33rd St., just north of Braeda Fresh Express Café at South 33rd and Pioneers Blvd. “I wanted to learn a form of martial arts since I was a kid,” said Roberts, “but with my line of work, I thought it might be wise to pursue a non-aggressive style,” he mused. Roberts graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1988, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1993, and from his residency at Penn State in 1996.
For the past 14 years, he and his wife worked in New Jersey. The Roberts family chose the Garden State to train with instructors, R. Crane and K. Crane at Aikido Agatsu Dojos in Stratford, N.J. A professional opportunity presented itself earlier this year and the Roberts family moved back to Lincoln. In addition to working in the BryanLGH Emergency Department, Roberts has teamed up with LifePointe, 7501 S. 27th St., to teach workshops on self-defense for women.
Roberts teaches adult Aikido classes, offering group classes and private lessons from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Especially popular with women and adults of all ages, Aikido is considered to be a non-aggressive style. The basic principle of Aikido is “do not fight force with force.” It uses very few punches and kicks. Instead, the attacker’s force is redirected into throws, locks and restraining techniques. The techniques of Aikido are such that they can be applied to larger, stronger opponents with great effectiveness.
Aikido was founded by O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, who died in 1969 at the age of 86. “I like the fact that Aikido is graceful, flowing, sophisticated art,” Roberts observed. “O’Sensei believed that Aikido was not just a way to control violent encounters, but a path to one’s human potential,” Roberts added. “Regular training enhances your self-confidence, your discipline, and your interactions with others, and these are the true benefits of studying a martial way such as Aikido.”
For more information about Lincoln’s newest martial arts school, call (402) 261-6655.