Getting started – as easy as 1, 2, 3!
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“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realise your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.
1. Make an appointment to observe a class
Every dojo is different and each teacher has their own unique style and experience. By first observing a class, you gain a sense of the training approach and atmosphere in our dojo, and can then make an informed choice to study with us. It’s also a great chance to get to know some of the people you’ll be training with! Please see our class timetable and contact us for an appointment to visit the dojo. We’ll also send you a free information pack.
A traditional Japanese dojo can be an unfamiliar environment for many of us. When coming to observe a class, please observe the following points of etiquette to show respect for the space and the people who practise here:
- Once inside, remove your shoes before stepping up onto the raised surface
- Make a kneeling bow towards the front of the dojo before taking a seat
- Ensure your mobile phone is switched off or set to silent mode
- Don’t eat or drink whilst in the dojo
- Sit quietly with an alert, upright posture and refrain from talking during the class
2. Complete a membership agreement
We are a fully accredited member of the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA), the peak industry body for martial arts in Australia. As per the MAIA’s recommendations, all prospective students are asked to complete a membership agreement if they wish to take part in our classes.
Please note: if you have ANY pre-existing injuries or medical conditions, your application form MUST be accompanied by a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner, specifically clearing you for participation in Aikido training.
3. Choose a starter pack
Beginning your Aikido journey is easy with one of our subsidised starter packs. Our most popular beginners pack ($99) includes a 100% cotton Aikido uniform, your first 2 weeks of training (up to 10 classes if you attend them all), and a copy of ‘The Art of Peace’ by O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba – that’s a total value of $175! Ask for details on our complete range of packs for new and experienced students when you visit the dojo.
What comes next?
At the completion of your 2-week starter pack, you’ll be invited to become a member of the dojo and continue your training. You can then choose a tuition fee option that best suits your training goals.
Gradings take place in the dojo four times per year. Regular classes are supplemented by many other special events including live-in Aikido retreats and seminars with international instructors both here and abroad.
See also our Frequently Asked Questions page.