Getting Started

The following is a list of common questions that people have about starting Aikido practice at our dojo.

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 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am).

On the first Monday of the month (6:30pm – 7:30pm) 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 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.

How long does it take to become a Black Belt in Aikido?

A black belt status, or Shodan, in Aikido requires approximately five to seven years of study.