A new dojo has opened for business in Old Town Alexandria. Called Ryushinkan Aikido, the martial arts studio is located at 1103 Queen St., Floor 2.
Translating as "flowing mind school," Ryushinkan is the new home for chief instructor Alison Lincoln. With more than a decade of experience, Lincoln teaches a vibrant, powerful and dynamic form of aikido, the protection-oriented Japanese martial art, the business says on its website.
Students of all ranks and skill levels practice together, and beginner students are integrated into every class. There is no youth program currently available; you must be 13 or older to join up.
With a five-star rating out of four reviews on Yelp so far, Ryushinkan Aikido is on its way to developing a local fan base.
Adam K., who reviewed the new studio on Sept. 23, wrote, "As a person who has worked with Alison Lincoln Sensei both inside and outside of the dojo for many years, I can wholeheartedly recommend her quality instruction and attest to her expansive knowledge and experience in Aikido."
And James F. wrote, "Lincoln Sensei is an outstanding teacher with many years of experience and an amazing spirit. ... I'm always grateful for her unique combination of extreme dedication and commitment to training combined with her compassion and friendliness towards students."
Swing on by to take a peek for yourself: Ryushinkan Aikido is open from 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. (It's closed the rest of the week.)