Aikido is a Japanese martial art that is very accessible to people of all ages. Visitors are more than welcome to stop by our dojo, watch, ask questions, and try a class. (Note that for your first class, our head instructor must be present.)
When trying a class, wear something comfortable to move and exercise in. Generally long pants are preferred; usually visitors and beginners tend to come in jogging pants and a tshirt. If you have a dogi (uniform) from another context you can wear this, with a white belt. It’s worth bringing a water bottle as well.
You can look at this file to learn some of the words, phrases, and etiquette that are involved with Aikido. Some specific etiquette to be aware of:
- No shoes or hats are allowed in the dojo. Leave these in the hall before entering.
- For the most part, pay attention to what others are doing and just do your best to follow along. In the Japanese style of teaching, being observant and attentive is what is emphasized in order to learn.
- Classes tend to not have much talking, and calling out to the teacher or others is discouraged.
- Be respectful of the space, the teachers, and the others at the dojo.