Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about our Aikido class.
Is there an age limit?
This class is for youth 10 years old & up and all adults.
Is this class for beginners?
This class is suitable for all skill levels of Aikido training. Any prior Aikido training will be helpful, but not necessary.
What will I learn in class?
You will learn Aikido training. Which includes self-defensive strategies such as joint-locks, throws, and strikes. One of the best skills you will gain from Aikido training is the ability to fall safely. You’ll also learn how to use a sword. Additional benefits include a flexible body, greater resistance to stress and being in a supportive class environment.
How is Aikido different from other martial arts?
Many martial arts such as Karate, Taekwondo, or Jiu Jitsu train on offensive techniques. In Aikido, we train to de-escalate conflict rather than harm attackers. It’s more than just defeating your opponents, it’s about building your confidence and using your power to defend yourself.
Do I need to be in good shape to practice Aikido?
Not at all. Aikido is great for most people regardless of their height, weight, age or physical activity level.
What should I wear to class?
The best thing you can wear is an outfit that you're comfortable in. We recommend yoga pants or sweat pants with a loose fitting t-shirt because you will be moving around a lot. Please do not wear jeans!
Are there tournaments in Aikido?
Aikido doesn’t have tournaments or competitions. The founder, Morihei Ueshiba, believed that competition brought an unhealthy desire to ‘win’. Instead, Aikido fosters healthy relationships between students by encouraging them to work together as partners to advance each other’s techniques in training.

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