How to Join the Dojo
If you would like to become a student in our dojo, or watch a class before deciding to join, you should email ahead of time to let us know that you are coming. You don’t have to be young and fit to join us. New students must be granted permission from Sensei to join the dojo. Students who have trained Aikido previously should speak with Sensei about which classes to attend.
All martial arts have a set of etiquette rules that you will need to learn and Aikido is no exception. But don’t worry. We don’t expect you to know them before you start and you’ll learn them as you go along. In essence, etiquette expresses our respect for the dojo, the teachers and each other and for the art that we practice. We ask that all new students (with the exception of children) read the ASU training manual (linked below) before their first class.
The monthly membership dues for adult classes are $100 per month. Anyone 13 years of age or older will attend adult classes. The Kids class is for students age 8 through 12. The monthly membership dues for Kids are $80. There are no hidden or additional fees. There are modest testing fees and once students have obtained rank there is a modest annual fee to our parent organization (Aikido Schools of Ueshiba). Testing occurs roughly twice per year initially but then slows to once every year or two after the first 3 tests.
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING TO THE FIRST CLASS
Any participant under the age of 18 must bring a guardian to sign a waiver.
Come about 15 minutes early and be dressed before class time, if at all possible. Long exercise pants, such as sweat pants, are appropriate as well as short or long sleeved shirts. No shorts or tank tops. For safety, no jewelry may be worn in class including earrings, watches, and rings. If have you a white martial arts uniform (Karate, Judo, or Aikido styles) with no insignia, you may wear this with a white (not colored) belt (unless you have a black belt specifically in Aikido). Uniforms can be purchased from various online vendors.