• What is Aikido? Aikido is budo. Based on the martial arts of the Japanese Samurai, there is a mental and physical training component to training that incorporates traditional Japanese dojo etiquette. 

  • Is Aikido a fighting art? No. Rather than teaching how to kick and punch, Aikido focuses on redirecting one's energy into graceful movements with throws and pins. 

  • Is there competition? Aikido is not a competitive fighting art, but rather the focus is two people, making one fluid movement together. 

  • Can I try a class before I commit to joining? Yes! You can participate in two classes before you will be asked to join. 

  • What should I wear? Wear loose fitting clothing such as sweats or comfortable training wear that covers the knees and elbows.

  • Do I need any special equipment? No. After your first test, if you wish, you can order a dogi and Buki. 

  • What's a dogi? A dogi is a traditional uniform used when training in Aikido. If you have a dogi from a different martial art, you may wear it, as long as it's white and there are no patches. A white belt should be worn for beginners

  • What is buki?  Traditional Japanese training weapons including a bokken, or wooden sword, jo, or staff, and tonto or wooden knife. These are incorporated as you progress on your training. 

  • Are there classes for beginners? Beginners are welcome at all classes. A review of class etiquette is generally done before class begins. Please arrive a little early to your first class.

Children's Class FAQs
  • Are parents required to stay during the class? Parents are welcome to participate with their kids for free during the children's' class. You can also watch in the room if you wish. 

  • Is there a specific age range for the kids class? Children should be 5 or older.