Q. Do I need any experience of aikido or martial arts to join the dojo?
A. No. In our beginners’ classes, instructors will take you through basic dojo etiquette and the basic movements of aikido in a safe and supportive environment. Students are able to set the pace of their own training.
Q. What if I don’t speak any Japanese?
A. No problem. We have instruction available in English. Also, the language of aikido is physical and transcends all language barriers!
Q. Can I watch or try a class before joining?
A. Yes – prospective students are encouraged watch or try a class for free before joining. Click here to book your free trial lesson.
Q. What can I expect from my trial lesson?
A. Trial lesson students will train together with regular students in their class. Instructors will take you through some of the basic movements of Aikido and a few basic techniques appropriate to your level and ability. After the class, the instructor or the dojo staff will take you through the application process and give you an opportunity to ask any questions if you have them.
Q. What should I bring with me to my trial lesson?
A. Wear your favorite workout clothes or clothes that are easy to move around in. We recommend long pants. Students who wish to may also bring a sweat towel and water bottle.
For more information on what you will need to complete the membership application process, please click here.
Q. Are there shower and change-room facilities at the dojo?
A. Yes, we have dedicated showers and change-rooms for men and women. There are also lockers for your valuables.
Q. What equipment do I need for Aikido?
A. All you need is a dogi (traditional training uniform) and a belt! These are available for purchase from the dojo.
Q. Is there parking at the dojo?
A. Yes, we offer free parking for members and prospective members.
Q. If there are no contests or competitions in aikido, how do I assess my progress?
A. Up to 4th grade, monthly tests are held for students who wish to grade. (From 4th grade, students move into the regular class.) From 3rd grade, tests are held 3 times a year.
On passing their test, students are presented with a certificate. From 3rd grade, students are eligible to wear a brown belt and from first dan they are eligible to wear a black belt.
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