Overview of Classes

Children – (ages 6 – 12)
Children are introduced to basic movements of Aikido, dojo manners and the discipline of a martial art. Children learn to fall and roll. Practicing with a partner, sometimes through using games, is also part of the curriculum. READ MORE

Adult/Youth All Levels – (ages 13 and up)
Students develop the fundamentals of Aikido including footwork, tai-sabaki (repositioning your body in a safer and an advantageous position), posture, falling and rolling safely, basic techniques and etiquette.
Beginners train with more advanced students to develop their skills. Instructors adjust classes to accommodate beginners as well as more advanced students.

Adult Advanced – Students ranked 2nd kyu and above. The pace is quicker. While basic movements are still emphasized, requirements for advanced ranks are the focus. Facility in falling and rolling is required.

Instructors – Aikido Shugyo Dojo instructors only. Training focuses on advanced kata and ukemi beyond testing requirements. Further development of kinesthetic training and martial principles development.

Adult/Youth Weapons – All adults and youths (ages 13 and up) who have 20 or more hours of practice. Weapons training is integral to aikido and enhances empty-handed practice. Students learn basic weapons techniques and learn the skills that are part of testing requirements.

Advanced Weapons – All adult students 2nd kyu and higher rank who have passed a pre-requisite test
A higher degree of basic weapons skills is required. Since training goes beyond the basic level, students must be already competent with fundamental weapons techniques.

Free practice – Adult/Youth (ages 13 and up)
This is not a class but a training opportunity. Students come with a partner to work on techniques and/or prepare for testing. There is no teaching, but an advanced student supervises.