Each class starts with a warm-up and stretching with special care given to joints.
During classes available to beginners, warm-ups generally include exercises in falling and basic footwork and, beginners’ receive special attention.
The rest of the class is usually devoted to the practice of aikido self defense techniques and forms (“katas”) that the instructor demonstrates.
Students usually practice in pairs, taking turns as attacker and defender.
Martial Arts Dojo Etiquette
The traditional etiquette of Japanese martial arts will be observed in our dojo at all times.
Bowing is an important part of Budo etiquette. Please note that this bowing has no religious significance.
Students should perform a standing bow when they walk in the dojo door.
They should perform a seated bow when first stepping on the mat.
Martial Arts Equipment
Each student must provide his or her own gi (uniform) and zori (sandals or other footwear).
The student should not be barefoot EXCEPT on the mat. No footwear of any kind should be worn on the mat. As well, ALL jewellery should be removed before practising.
A trial class can be taken in any loose clothing without buckles that covers the knees and elbows, such as a sweatsuit.