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Local martial arts school wins environmental award.
BY BILL FREEHLING
A martial-arts school in Spotsylvania County has won recognition for its environmentally friendly headquarters development.
Aikido in Fredericksburg is planning a new headquarters facility on a 20-acre parcel on Hickory Ridge Road near Massaponax High School. Construction is expected to start early next year, and it's set to open by summer.
The nonprofit's site design was recently recognized by the Low Impact Development Recognition Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Aikido in Fredericksburg was recognized for landscaping that included low-impact stormwater management, an organic vegetable and ornamental garden, wildlife habitat improvement and a small greenhouse.
Aikido in Fredericksburg is now in a small facility on Leonard Drive in Spotsylvania. It teaches aikido, a nonviolent martial art that focuses on defense without counterattack.
Aviv Goldsmith, chief instructor, said the low-impact design can be scaled down for residential use or up for larger commercial or industrial projects. He said the nonprofit is continuing to raise money for its new headquarters, which will include practice space, an outdoor training area, a forest path, meditation areas and a community garden.
For more information, visit aikidoinn.com.Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405