Clothing and Cleaniness
Japanese culture values cleaniness and maintins the dojo as a sacred space. Each day, the mats are cleaned before class, it is important to clean ones feet upon entering the dojo if you are wearing open shoes or sandals. You should wear comfortable clothing, such as sweat pants and t-shirt until you order a gi. Please remove loose jewlerly and peircings.
The First Training
At your first class you will learn basic footwork and focus on balance.
A series of warm up exercises proceeds every class, to ensure that everyone's body is stretched and in harmony. Students each learn at the pace that is best suited for them, and each student gets personal attention.
What should you expect on your first visit?
“In Aikido training, we learn from everyone. We learn from the most experienced people, but we also learn from new students. Everyone is connected through the heart and develops a mutual understanding. It is important to create a place where that can happen.”
― Linda Holiday, Journey to the Heart of Aikido: The Teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei
"Coming to aikido as an older student means giving myself permission to be a beginner
again. The dojo is a place where I let other concerns fall away, to play and learn in the world as a physical being."
"Aikido is a meditation in movement."
"Aikido takes my mind off of everything else. It is wonderful to enter the dojo and be in a space soley dedicated to personal growth and development."