Feel free to read or download our community handbook. It includes information about being a student and a community member. It's also where you'll learn about ranking and leveling up.
There is nothing you need to get started. Eventually you'll want a uniform. Until then just wear sweats or yoga pants, and a t-shirt or sweatshirt. We also use sticks (jo and bokken), especially on Saturdays at the park. We have plenty of extras. Let us know when you want to purchase either a uniform or sticks. We'll point you in the right direction.
The vast majority of commonly known martial arts focus on a competitive relationship with conflict, and forceful solutions that mainly involve blocking, hitting, and injury. Aikido focuses on circular movement that blends with attack, and redirects it without force or harm. Aikido teaches us to work WITH the conditions of conflict rather than against them. The art's relationship with conflict is collaborative.
On average, about 5-7 years. Sometimes it's less, and sometimes more. It really depends on your frequency and level of commitment.
Just let us know! We'll set up a start date for you. Complete our registration form in advance. It also explains how we do monthly billing.
We offer family registrations a monthly $10 discount per additional individual. We do not offer any discounts to any other groups/classifications. We do have a number of sponsored memberships available for those who are motivated and don't have the financial means to participate. Contact Sensei to inquire and/or apply.
Sure, but set it up with us first. Don't expect to just show up and jump into a class. Complete our registration form in advance, please.
We consider styles to be self-imposed limitations on a bigger picture. Aikido IS our style, and what that means evolves. With that said, we do have a distinct lineage and connection to the founder, Morihei Ueshiba.
No. There are plenty of intensive self-defense classes out there. We're more about your embodied transformation over the longer term, which includes self-defense, and much more.