Your first lesson
For your first lesson, you can wear comfortable loose clothing. After the lesson, you can purchase the correct sized training attire. The Jacket, Trousers, and Belt set is known as a "Dogi" simply as "Gi". Our instructors will guide you on how to properly wear the Gi and tie your belt.
While not necessary immediately, students are encouraged to purchase a wooden weapon set consisting of bokken (sword), jo (staff), and tanto (dagger).
Etiquette in Aikido involves bowing to instructors and fellow students. Bowing is common across all martial arts as a form of respect and cultivating discipline.
Our instructors will guide beginners on when bowing is needed during training. Here are a few common instances to be aware of:
At the start of each class, Instructor and students perform a bow to the portrait of O'Sensei, the founder of Aikido. Students should understand that this bow has no religious significance of any sort. It is a form of acknowledgement and respect given to Aikido's founder. The instructor then turns around and both instructor and students will bow to each other and say "Onegaishimasu" (simply translated to mean, "please teach / please guide").
When training with your partner, always do a simple standing bow before beginning. When the instructor calls the class back to demonstrate the next technique, bow again to your partner before returning back to your rows.
At the end of each class, Instructor and students again perform a bow to the portrait of O'Sensei, the founder of Aikido. The instructor then turns around and both instructor and students will bow to each other and say "Arigatou Gozaimasu" (thank you). The students will then wait for the instructor to leave the mats before bowing to each other.
Tying your belt
There are many methods to tying your belt. Watch the video below for the method we recommend. This way of tying your belt keeps it neat and secure. The flattened knot also prevents discomfort to the abdomen during training.
Rolling in Aikido is done over the shoulder to prevent injuries to the neck and head. Rolling comes naturally to some and is daunting to others. No matter which category you fall under, rolling is all about building confidence from the ground up. Watch Instructor Shamus Chan in this video guide on how to master rolling.
Safety & Hygiene
Utmost care is taken by our instructors to prevent accidents and injury. However, all students are also reminded that safety is the responsibility of everyone on the mats. Our dojo is large enough to accommodate the number of students training. Students should always be mindful of their surroundings and move to train in areas with ample space to perform the techniques. All jewelry should be removed during training to avoid injury. Personal hygiene is also an important courtesy to your fellow students. Aikidokas should begin each training with clean Gi. Footwear is not allowed on the mats.