When Should I Arrive at the Dojo?
You should arrive about 15 minutes before the class starts in order to meet the teacher and fill out the registration sheet/waiver.Waiver
What Should I Wear?
You will want to wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably, like sweat pants or tights and a cotton shirt. It’s best to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, as you will be rolling on mats. Aikido is done in bare feet.
Where Should I Go When Class Starts?
In a Japanese martial art, classmates line up according to seniority, or colour of belts, with black belts on the left and white belts on the right. As a newcomer, you will be invited to sit at the far right of the lineup.
How Should I Sit?
You will be asked to kneel on the mat, sitting on your heels. Your knees should be about two fist-widths apart, and your back should be straight. The class begins with a bow to the photo of O Sensei, the founder of Aikido, as a sign of respect.
What Will I Do During My First Class?
The class starts with a warm-up. Afterwards, a senior practitioner will take you aside and teach you how to do a forward and a backward roll. (This is an essential skill, as many Aikido techniques will terminate in one of the practitioners being projected to the mat.) About two-thirds into the class, you will be taught your first techniques.
Will I Be Asked to Do Anything Dangerous?
No! The basic Aikido techniques are very easy and very safe (… while still being very effective). Your muscles may feel a bit stiff the next day because of the new movements, but you will not be injured!
Where Can I Buy a Gi (Aikido Uniform)?
Aikido practitioners in St. John’s recommend the following sites to purchase your gi:
What If I Don’t Like Aikido? Will I Be Pressured to Join Fudoshin Aikikai?
We recognize that not everyone who tries Aikido will fall in love with it (like we did!). There will be absolutely no pressure applied for you to join the dojo. We will have enjoyed having you join us for one class.