Regular Dues are $90 per month.
Student and Seniors (age 60+) Dues are $70 per month.
*These rates reflect a $40 per month/per participant discount when subscribing through Paypal for recurring dues payments, either via Paypal account or credit card, with no long-term contract and no penalty for cancellation.
Introductory Adult Class Fee $25 per person. By appointment only (usually scheduled at 4 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday). Required for students (13 and older), who have not previously trained in Aikido before joining the dojo, unless they have attended an Introductory Course. The Intoductory Class is also available for folks who are visiting Galveston and would like an introduction to Aikido though they won't be able to join the dojo.
Introductory Courses (Regular $90/Student and Seniors $70). These are scheduled two or three times per year. They last one month.
There are no contracts, no separate insurance fees, no additional fees for advanced class attendance, and there are no hidden attendance fees.
If paying for dues by check, Checks should be made out to Aikido of Galveston.
Aikido of Galveston accepts students at the discretion of Ken McGrew Sensei and may cancel membership subscriptions at his direction.
Occasionally (once or twice each year depending on progress and the rank tested for) students may wish to test for rank. The testing fee is $45. For those ages 15 and older who are testing for 5th kyu or higher there is a $45 annual ASU membership fee that must both be paid before testing. The membership fee is due once per year in January for students who hold rank in ASU and are training. Those under the age of 15 cannot join ASU.
Testing fees should be paid by check or cash. Checks should be made out to Aikido of Galveston.
You don't have to be young and fit to join us. If you're intrigued by what you see at our school, want to learn how to move your body with more grace and skill, are interested in the non-violent philosophy of Aikido, have always wanted to study a martial art – whatever your motivation, you're welcome.
Students age 13 and older who are new to Aikido must attend an Introductory Class (or complete an Introductory Course) and must be granted permission from Sensei, after the class or course, before joining the dojo. We conduct special month-long introductory courses two or three times each year (usually in June, September, and January), but you may join any time. The Introductory Class is also available for folks who are visiting Galveston and would like an introduction to Aikido though they won't be able to join the dojo.
Kid's (ages 8 to 12) who wish to join the dojo may do at any time, assuming there is availability.
Students who have studied Aikido previously are required to obtain permission from Sensei before visiting or joining the dojo.
We don't offer free lessons. We do require that students who have been granted permission to join the dojo pay for one month of training prior to joining classes.
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 (which can be linked to at the top of this page) before their first class.
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING TO THE FIRST CLASS
Any participant under the age of 18 must bring a waiver signed by a guardian. This can be downloaded from the members page of this website.
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), you may wear this with a white (not colored) belt (unless you have a black belt specifically in Aikido). Inexpensive uniforms can be found at Academy Sports or from various online vendors. High quality uniforms are available from Bujin Design.
Classes are held at 2448 Mechanic Street (Ships Mechanic Row), on the corner of Mechanic and 25th Street (Rosenberg Avenue).
All students are expected to arrive on time, dressed, and ready to help set up, if at all possible.
Attending the Intermediate and Advanced martial arts classes in Aikido requires the consent of the instructor. Students who have passed the 6th Kyu test are generally eligible to attend Intermediate classes. In addition to possessing
the necessary level of skill and experience to participate in the classes, no student will be permitted to attend these classes
(unless granted an exception for extenuating circumstances) who is not consistently training, attending basic classes, attends the
basic class immedietly before a given intermediate or advanced class, or who does not contribute regularly to the life of the dojo
(cleaning, setting up, taking down, helping promote the dojo in the community, Etc.).