Aikido for Beginners

Beginners Introduction to Aikido

The 'Beginners Introduction to Aikido' is a course for anyone 18 or over. Our next course will start Monday 6th June 2017. We'll also be starting another course on Monday 5th September 2017 Please contact us by e-mail: ShiroKashiAikido@Gmail.Com or Phone: 01283 210 533  for more details and to book your place.
The course will provide you with a realistic opportunity to experience aikido for yourself, as well as providing a good grounding for continued training.

In addition to forming the basis of your training, it also offers you the chance to train with other newcomers & make new friends, which has proven to be very useful when starting (& continuing) on the path of aikido.

If you can’t wait for the next beginners course, you can simply turn up and train at any of our regular Monday night classes at Rickmans corner . The only difference is that regular classes are not solely aimed at beginners.

* See our 'Fees' page for full details

What's Involved?

A typical aikido classAfter an initial warm-up, the sensei (teacher) demonstrates techniques to the class who then partner up & practice that technique.

Aikido is not competitive. You work with a partner to develop an understanding of the movements, both how it feels to perform & to receive the techniques.

Be sure to advise the teacher of any medical problems, injuries or physical limitations which should be considered for your own safety and that of the other students.

The 'Beginners Introduction to Aikido' covers:

  • Basics: dojo etiquette, hanmi (stance), ukemi (rolls & break falls), tai sabaki (body movement)
  • Basic aikido techniques: taijutsu (empty handed techniques) - how to perform & safely receive basic attacks, locks, pins & throws.
  • An introduction to aiki weapons: jo (wooden staff) & bokken (wooden sword).

What to Wear

You should wear light but reasonably robust clothing, such as a sweat shirt & jogging bottoms.
No jewellery.
We train in bare feet but footwear should be worn whilst off the mats to avoid bringing dirt onto the training area.
A karate or judo-gi (the familiar white costumes worn during training) can be purchased later if you decide to continue your aikido training. 

They Think It's All Over...

At the end of your course you will need to decide whether you'd like to continue with your aikido training or not. If you do wish to continue you will need to become a member of the club. Membership costs £35 p.a.

Still not Sure?

Sensei David Law performing nikkyoCome along & watch a class before you commit to parting with your hard earned cash. We're more than happy to welcome spectators & answer any questions you may have...just pop along on one of our club nights (excluding Bank Holidays).

Please aim to arrive 10-15 minutes before your first class to allow time to register for the course.

When signing up for the Beginners Introduction to Aikido , you are enrolling on a course of study.
Sorry, but refunds are not offered for classes that are missed.

Students must be 18 or over.