409 Beech St, Manchester, NH 03103
MPAL is the home of Granite State Aikido and is under the direction of Sensei Michel Hovan 3rd Dan. USAF
The name Aikido is composed of three Japanese characters: Ai, meaning harmony; Ki, spirit or energy; and Do, path or way. Aikido is The Way of Spiritual Harmony. Aikido is a Japanese martial art created in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba and teaches effective self defense in a unique way. An Aikido practitioner will blend or harmonize with an attack and use dynamic circular movements to unbalance the attacker. Aikidoist learn to apply an endless variety of joint-locks, pins, or unbalancing throws to render an attacker harmless without causing serious injury.
Aikido teaches you to be flexible, fluid, and centered in any situation and to move spontaneously within its principles. An Aikidoist learns to unite body, mind, and spirit. Akido is not only an effective form of self defense but also an effective way to lose weight, increase strength & flexibility, and improve overall fitness and health; all while learning a traditional martial art. Aikido training also offers many internal benefits such as decreased stress, increased focus, higher self-confidence, and better self-discipline. Aikido training allows you to experience a profound, life-changing truth: Strength comes from relaxation. Aikido teaches you what it means to move from your center and puts you in touch with the true source of your strength, which has much more to do with your mind than your muscles. Students, whether a beginner or highly experienced, train at their own pace and ability level. All it takes from you is a commitment to show up and a willingness to learn. Check out www.gsaikido.com for more info.
Judo is an Olympic Sport. It is a system of self-defense, a physical and mental discipline that was first contested in the Olympic Games at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. Judo is one of the best sports for boys and girls not only to develop self-confidence but as a sport that teaches skills that are transferable to all other sports. Judo is a grappling martial art similar to jiu-jitsu, but does NOT involve punching or kicking. Judo places emphasis on throws, pins, and submission holds such as strangles (+13 yrs. only) and arm locks (+17 years only).
Through judo, we aim to build self-esteem, confidence both on and off the mat while instilling discipline, and character in order for each judoka/student to reach his/her individual potential and self-actualization whether it is to become an Olympic and a World Champion, get in shape, or to just have fun. In addition, we aim to provide in children of all ages, safe, and competitive environment through Sport Judo.
Is it Safe?
Judo is among the safest of all contact sports. As a martial art and Olympic sport, Judo is governed by the International Judo Federation (IJF), which has set strict safety guidelines for competition. To ensure safety at M.P.A.L. Granite State Judo, all classes are instructed by USA Judo coaches. Most importantly however, our instructors are knowledgeable and always put safety first.
The Granite State Judo Institute has it's home at the Manchester Police Athletic League. The club is under the direction of Head coach/Sensei Robert Proksa 3rd dan USA Judo. Sensei Proksa has coached both national and International champions. Judo is free for youth ages 5-18. Law enforcement and active duty military are also free.
Judo a system of self-defense, a physical and mental discipline that was first contested in the Olympic Games at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. Judo is one of the best sports for boys and girls not only to develop self-confidence but as a sport that teaches skills that are transferable to all other sports. The club is under the direction of Head coach/Sensei Robert Proksa 3rd dan USA Judo. Sensei Proksa has coached both national and International champions. Judo is free for youth ages 5-18. Law enforcement and active duty military are also free.Website www.GSJI.org
Boxing is a core program at MPAL. Officer John Levasseur coaches youth in boxing and develops participants from the first time they enter the gym all the way to the golden gloves.
MPAL is the home of Gryphons Wrestling.
The Granite State Gryphons Wrestling Club was formed in April of 2011 to give wrestlers in the Greater Manchester area with limited transportation a place to train. Since the day we have opened we have now worked with and helped develop wrestlers from Manchester Central, West, Memorial, Pinkerton, Merrimack, Londonderry, Bedford, and Goffstown. In the 2 years , we have seen 6 members of Gryphons wrestling win state championships; over 30 qualify for the Meet of Champions; and many qualify to compete at the New England Wrestling Championships.
This year, we will be traveling to many tournaments throughout the off-season, and look forward to showing the rest of the Northeast and United States that New Hampshire Wrestling is hard as granite and fierce as a Gryphon. Wrestlers that attend the Gryphons Wrestling at the Manchester P.A.L. will have the benefits of strength and conditioning from a certified personal trainer, Mark Hall; quality instruction and clinics from area high school and college coaches, and college wrestlers; as well as intensive drills to maximize your wrestlers fluidity and potential.
All wrestlers will be required to have both Manchester P.A.L. waivers signed by their parent/guardian prior to participating. No wrestlers will be allowed to participate until the waivers are turned in. We will be opening at 530pm on Tuesday, March 12th for orientation, open house, and waiver compeletion. Thank you and all of us on the Gryphons Coaching Staff look forward to working with your wrestlers become the champions of the future.