If you’re interested in learning aikido and wondering how to get started, it’s easy -- just turn up! Everyone remembers their own first class and would like to help make your first class memorable and enjoyable.
Your first class (with our compliments) requires only some comfortable clothing. A senior student (usually a black belt) will take you through a special introductory program designed to give you a taste of what aikido is about. You’ll get to try some moves, swing a bokken (wooden sword) and ask any questions you might have.
If you like it, at your next class you can get started in any of our beginner or general programs. Whenever you’re ready we can supply you with training clothes and equipment (this is not necessary straight away).
Monthly beginner courses
On the first Monday of each month, we start a special beginner course at Camperdown for people new to aikido. This is a great way to get started with a group of other new students.
You’ll be introduced to all aspects of aikido and gradually join the rest of the group for regular training. Course enrolment is one month’s training fee plus annual membership.
We currently run classes in two locations:
— Camperdown in Sydney’s Inner West
— St Clair in Sydney’s Western Suburbs
You are invited to come along to watch or join training at any time.
Click fees for a list of training fees at all locations.
All students are invited to grade regularly. This enables a regular measure of progress that is recognised internationally. Gradings take the form of a demonstration of techniques for each particular level and get more challenging with progress. There are seven “kyu” or beginner grades before progressing to the “dan” or black belt grades. Tests are carried out regularly with students progressing through the early grades every few months to the dan grades which can take years. A dedicated student can expect to be recognised as a Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in a little over three years. Kyu grades and certificates are issued by our head dojo instructor. Dan grade are recommended by the head dojo instructor and certificates are issued by Master Koretoshi Maruyama in Japan. We recognise all students at their current level of achievement in aikido regardless of where they have previously studied.