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Consider Aikido to Train Mind, Body and Spirit

James Richard Bartee, Jr.

James Richard Bartee, Jr. of Aikido Myrtle Beach

Aikido (pronounced eye-key-dough) is a classical, Japanese martial practice that is a discipline —
an educational process for training the mind, body and spirit.

“Negative force is not opposed. Rather, it’s joined, controlled and redirected through the power and balance of spiral movements,” explains James Richard Bartee, Jr., sensei and director of Aikido Myrtle Beach.

“Increased stamina, flexibility and muscle development occur naturally as a result of training, but the techniques themselves do not depend on strength for effectiveness. Since aikido’s  movements and techniques arise from the most efficient utilization of the entire being, great power can be developed by the practitioner, regardless of physical strength. Aikido practice encompasses a broad range of training styles and allows people to train based on their individual
stage of development. As a result, aikido can be practiced by men, women and children of all ages,” adds Bartee.

Bartee Sensei is an Aikido 5th degree black belt as well as an honorably retired U.S. Secret Service Senior Special Agent. He had the honor to be personally assigned to the duties of protecting
President George Bush and his family, President Bill Clinton and his family, presidential candidates and visiting heads of states.

Location: Classes held at Olympia Gymnastics, 9625 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach. For more information or to arrange for a class, call 864-414-7425, email [email protected] or visit See listing, page 29.