Join Our Dojo - FAQ's


What time is the Aikido class?

Formal classes meet Wednesday and Friday evenings each week from 6:15 - 8:00 PM.  Be sure to come a few minutes early to meet some of the other students!

There is also an informal class on Saturday from 1 - 3 pm.  This is an opportunity to further practice what we learn during the weekday classes.

What should I wear for class?

Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that you can easily move around in.   If you have a gi from any other martial art you are welcome to wear that.

What types of classes do you offer?

The Aikido club has a one-size-fits all class.  All ages (13 years old and up) are welcome.  All skill levels are included in this class.  We do not separate by skill level but work together to learn.

Etiquette?

Without each other we would not be able to learn, so an attitude of appreciation and respect pervade our interactions.  Some ways this is shown include:  a simple bow when we get on and off the mat, and a bow before and after practicing with each partner throughout the class.

What if I just want to watch?

It is just fine to come and watch a class.  There is a seating area next to the mat to have a full view of that action.

How much does the class cost?

Dues are $100/quarter.  You are welcome to come a couple weeks to see if you like Aikido before deciding to join.

What should I expect when I attend a class?

  1. There are separate changing rooms for men and women. 
  2. To participate in the class, please sign the waiver form first 
  3. The class begins with Sensei Tanaka formally bowing the class in to start.  (Everyone lines up by belt ranking).
  4. Then we have a 45 minute workout.  This includes a mix of cardio (jumping jacks), muscle training (push-ups), and stretching.  There is also a section with Aikido stretches and basic moves.  Don't worry about catching on to all of this the first night.  Just do your best, and feel free to take a break as needed.
  5. Once the warm up is complete, Sensei demonstrates a particular move and then the members of the class pair off to work on the move.  A member with a higher ranked belt (probably brown or black) will make special attention to work with you.  However, this is an exciting time to work with all the other class members.
  6. Once class is complete, Sensei leads a short cool-down and then formally bows the class out to close the class.

Please come by and check out the Aikido club.  We are available to help you navigate your first few classes and answer any more questions you have!