Becoming an Aikido student is a lot like applying to a school. You need to make an appointment with our Dojo Cho (School Owner). In that meeting, we conduct a two-way interview. We'll have some questions for you and we expect you'll have questions for us. Our goal is to see if we are what you're looking for in Aikido training & to see if you are the type of student we are looking for.
Our dojo's Adult program is for men & women ages 14 and up.
While this varies based on each individual. The average student can reach Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) with diligent weekly practice in 6-8 years.
Every student's membership allows access to all the weekly dojo classes.
There are multiple membership packages and payment options. We cover those in the In-Person appointment.
Aikido Weapons training consists of learning to disarm the tanto (knife) Bokken (Wooden Sword) and the Jo (Short Staff). It also includes throwing with the Jo (Jo-nage) & individual & paired Bokken and Jo katas.
No, you just need a moderate level of physical conditioning, a good attitude and a commitment to weekly practice.
It depends on the individual – their commitment in time, training, persistence, and motivation.
Yes, all memberships come with a white uniform (Dogi - white top with pants) when you start training, along with a Dojo patch. it is recommended that you purchase some kind of zori (sandals) to keep your feet covered in the dojo except on the mat.
An instructor will work one-on-one with you to teach you the dojo etiquette, warm up and stretching exercises, basic movements, and how to take falls for your safety and body conditioning. When you are ready, you will be gradually integrated into the general class.