Date: First Monday of the Month, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Interested in aikido? The Intro Class gives a basic overview. Includes a warm-up, practice in 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 a 15 minutes early to get registered. The Intro Class is free of charge, and will give you an idea of what regular practice is like. 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.
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 (Monday or Thursday 6:30 – 7:30, Saturday 10 – 11:30).
- On the first Monday of the month (6:30 – 7:30) we have an introductory class. read more
- Attend an introductory workshop. This session is three hours long and covers many aspects of Aikido practice.
Your first class is free, as are the intro class and workshop. Come 15 minutes before the start of class to meet the instructor, to sign a release form and to change your clothes.
- 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 three months of unlimited 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.
For common questions regarding aikido see our about page. Read More.