The following is a list of common questions that people have about starting Aikido practice.
- Where is the dojo located?
2203 Gerrard St. East, Toronto. Our dojo is easily accessible via public transit. 8 minute walk from Main Street subway station. 5 minute walk from Danforth Go station. Also, accessible by 306/506 streetcars, 64/135 buses (Main x Gerrard stop). Free Street parking after 6pm.
- How do I get started?
There are a number of ways that you can try out a class to figure out if Aikido and the dojo are right for you:
Go to any basics class for a free trial
(Monday or Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Saturday 10am – 11:30am)
Introductory class on the first Monday of the month
(6:30pm – 7:30pm)
The introductory class is free of charge. It gives a basic overview. Includes a warm-up, ukemi (learning how to fall safely), and partner practice. New students will have an opportunity to ask questions about aikido and to speak with experienced students.
Come 15 minutes before the start of class to meet the instructor, to sign a release form and to change your clothes. Please bring a t-shirt and loose-fitting pants.
Please note: participants must be age 16 and above. A parent or guardian must accompany those under 18 and sign a release form.
- What do I wear for my first class?
Wear a t-shirt or sweat shirt and loose-fitting pants. If you already have a martial arts uniform, you are welcome to wear it with a white belt.
- What if I decide to join?
We have a three-month beginner’s package ($200) to help you get started in your practice. It includes 3 months of unlimited adult basic classes and a $45 annual membership fee. All beginner students must attend the adult basics classes. These classes are geared to help you learn some of the fundamental movements in Aikido practice. They help you build a solid foundation. Once you have successfully passed your 6th kyu test, you may join in the adult all levels classes but keep coming to the basics classes to continue to develop the basic fundamentals.
(Please note that fees are non-refundable.)
- How often should I come to class?
The more frequently you come to class, the more quickly you learn. While three times a week is ideal for your training, it may not be practical for you, given the busy schedules so many of us have. The most important thing is to practice regularly and as frequently as possible.
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