Aikido is a Martial Art based on the principle of not interfering with the opponent. This means that no strength is required and it is suitable for everyone.
We follow the teachings of Alan Ruddock and Henry Kono. Both studied Aikido with Morihei Ueshiba , the founder of Aikido.
You have decided to commit yourself to learn and practise Aikido.
It doesn’t matter whether you start today or started many years ago, you can count on our respect, sincerity and dedication to help you to progress, all we ask is the same from you.
We want you to enjoy your practise as much as we do. Leave your worries outside the mats, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and feel at home.
If you have any questions or issues, feel free to approach your instructor or your fellow trainees and everyone will try to help.
If you are a beginner, we hope you will enjoy exploring this wonderful martial art with us. Here are a few points for your guidance.
You don’t need to immediately buy a gi or uniform for training. Initially it is sufficient to wear something comfortable, like a tracksuit.
Train within your abilities. It is important to try and stretch yourself to learn new things but you can take your time and learn things at a pace that suits you. Your partner will be happy to adjust their training to suit your level of ability.
Read the information on Dojo Etiquette and the other guidelines carefully. Don’t be too anxious about forgetting a bow here and there: sincerity is more important and you will get used to the etiquette.
Sometimes beginners worry that they are interfering with other students’ practice, but this is simply not true. It is very helpful for other students to train with beginners, so you can relax and enjoy being part of the club.
Seek advice form your doctor before training if you have any injury.
These are only guidelines of general dojo etiquette. Always feel free to approach your instructor with any questions or queries you may have.
Bowing on entering or leaving the dojo area, before and after each class and to your practice partner, are all marks of respect and seriousness of intention to train to the best of your ability. As such, it indicates an open-minded attitude and a willingness to learn from one's teachers and fellow students.
Bowing to a partner may serve to remind you that your partner is a person - not a practice dummy. Always train within the limits of your partner's abilities.
Be on time for class. If you do happen to arrive late, warm up quietly beside the mats and then join the class after reporting to the instructor.
If you should have to leave the mat or dojo for any reason during class, approach the instructor and notify him/her.
Keep you personal hygiene up to scratch. Keep your finger and toenails cut short, keep your gi clean and free of offensive odours.
Remove watches, rings and other jewellery before practice.
Respect your training partner no matter what their grade. There is something to be learned from everyone.
Levels of technical skill vary, but students should strive to remain humble and to cultivate a beginner’s mind, open to all possibilities.
All present in the dojo have a duty of care towards one another during training.
The student-teacher relationship should be one of mutual respect and guidance, growing out of harmonious interaction on the mat.
If you have a minor injury, inform your instructor and also your training partner to make them aware of the problem.
To make the most of the training time, carry out the instructions of the instructor promptly. Do not keep the rest of the class waiting for you.