1600 – Ai Chi Basic & Development

Beginner / 4-hour Workshop


Faculty:  Jun Konno, ATRIC / Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC / Hisae Endo, ATRIC / Keiko Matsumoto, ATRIC



Ai Chi, the popular aquatic technique, is ideal for improving range of motion and mobility. It creates relaxation in a flowing, yet powerful, progression. Ai Chi, created in Japan, is performed standing in shoulder depth water using deep breathing and slow, broad movements. This course will be taught by Jun Konno, the originator of Ai Chi, along with other Japanese practitioners and Ruth Sova.



1)  Follow the simple Ai Chi progression.

2)  Explore the concepts of moving with nature, benefits, and general information.

3)  Experience the trunk stability movements with guidelines on proper pelvic mechanics.

4)  Follow a sample workout progression for an average, apparently healthy adult, which can be modified for special situations.


FACULTY: Jun Konno, ATRIC, is a highly successful entrepreneur in the aquatic industry, a decorated swimming coach, author and international speaker on aquatics. He is an advisor to AEA and also one of AEA's International Training Specialists. Jun is the founder and president of the Aqua Dynamics Institute, a consulting firm for fitness clubs and swimming schools in Japan.


Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/president of ATRI, is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant. She is the founder of six different businesses including the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, the Aquatic Exercise Association, Living Right Magazine, America’s Certification Trainers, Armchair Aerobics Inc., and the Fitness Firm. A leader in the health and wellness industry, she also draws on her vast experience as an entrepreneur to teach others what it takes to assume the risk of business and enterprise. Ruth is the author of numerous articles and 15 books on her specialties of wellness and business. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sevier-McCahill Disability International Foundation Award; and the John Williams, Jr. International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Known for her high energy and practical teaching approaches, Ruth has brought thousands of people over the years to understand the benefits of water exercise.