The following is a list of common questions about starting Aikido practice at our dojo.
How do I get started?
There are several ways that you can try out a class to figure out if Aikido and the dojo are right for you. Your first class is free of charge.
Attend an introductory class on the last Tuesday of the month. This session covers many aspects of Aikido practice.
Attend any basics class (Tuesday or Thursday 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 11:00am) or you may come and watch the class.
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 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 basic classes. All beginner students must attend the adult/youth 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/youth all levels classes but keep coming to the basics classes to continue developing the basic fundamentals.
(Please note that fees are non-refundable and due on the first of the month.)
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 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 (1st dan) in Aikido requires approximately five to seven years of study.