Aikido Group Classes
Tuesday/Thursday classes are offered at two different skill levels for adult students.
Saturday classes welcome students of all skill levels who are above the age of 13.
Youth classes are open to everyone above the age of 8.
If you are enrolled in a monthly class at the dojo, you will receive a $10.00 discount toward:
- each additional monthly class you choose to enroll in, or
- toward the enrollment of a family member in any monthly class.
The maximum discount is $10.00 per student, per class.
Private Aikido Lessons
Private lessons are also available. The cost depends on the years of experience of the instructors. Instructors have been training for 12-20 years and the cost ranges from $70.00 to $90.00 per hour.
There are two options for private lessons:
- You may take private lessons with the Instructor alone and/or with another assistant there to serve as your partner. In this case, no one will be in the studio with you with the exception of the Instructor and the assistant. These lessons are currently available:
- Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Every other Saturday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Furthermore, the senior-most instructor (30 years of experience) teaches the Group Class. That means that she may provide additional input, can guide and structure your learning, and critique your technique from time to time. Lastly, since there are other students there as well, you will have the opportunity to practice free-style with multiple attackers (when you reach that skill level). These lessons are currently available:
- Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Please e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any further questions.
Things To Know Before You Train
Aikido is a rigorous and demanding physical discipline that serves as an educational process for training the mind, body, and spirit. The physical self-defense techniques are not the true object, but a tool for personal refinement and spiritual growth, a tool for integrating and balancing the human personality, a tool for harmonizing individuals within a society, a tool for harmonizing within nature.
When taught as the Founder of Aikido envisioned it, Aikido differs fundamentally from other martial arts in that it is wholly defensive, non-violent, and non-competitive. One does not learn offensive techniques to be used against another person - to be used to attack another person. Another way to state this: Aikido techniques are designed to be used as a response to an attack, rather than to initiate an attack. Additionally, there is no desire to overpower the aggressor. Those who study Aikido attempt to blend with the aggressor's power, rather than oppose it. Read more here.
Uniforms are required:
Students at the Mumonkan-Do Aikido dojo traditionally wear a Judo gi, which is heavier than a Karate gi and stands up better to rigorous training, grabs, and throws. Judo gis must be white or off-white, and all students begin by wearing a white belt. Uniforms are available for purchase at the dojo.
The uniforms are 100% cotton, and are not preshrunk. If you plan to train at the dojo, you may want to purchase your gi in advance so that you can wash it before your first class. If this is not possible, you are still welcome to train, but you may find the uniform stiff and oversized until it is washed.
Observing a class:
You must be a member of the Mumonkan-Do Aikido dojo before you can actually step on the mat and train. But observing a class is a good way to understand the training dynamics before you enroll. Observing a class also provides you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the training.
If you wish to observe a class, simply e-mail us and let us know when you plan to observe, and please arrive at least 5 minutes before the class begins. If you have any other questions that are not answered on this page, please feel free to e-mail us (email@example.com).