The Benefits Of Aikido
Don’t worry – you will feel very welcomed and fit right in; we don’t judge new members based on their inexperience, and our classes are structured so that everybody gets to train at their own level with personal attention from the teachers. However, we do have a special fundamentals classes offered each Monday and Wednesday.
Getting a Good Feel For Our Dojo
It’s a long-standing point of humor among our teachers that sometimes we will have visitors watch a fundamentals class, and say “well, that’s just not realistic! I can’t see how that will be useful for self defense!” On other nights, we will have visitors watch an advanced class, and say “well, that’s amazing, but I can’t see myself ever being able to do any of that!” It’s important to experience a full range of classes to get a sense of how we ease new members into building basic skills all the way through performing at spontaneous and advanced levels.
What To Expect on Your First Day
On your first day, you will be shown how to wear your uniform and tie your belt. An instructor or senior student will show you some basics of how to protect yourself by falling safely and under control – an important life skill! You will be introduced to our customs, etiquette and exercises— we observe traditional Japanese etiquette in our Dojo. You will not be expected to learn Japanese right away, and you will be able to follow along quite easily. After warmup, the instructor will show a technique, and you will be paired with a friendly partner who will help you explore and learn the technique together. Instruction generally builds to more advanced principles throughout the class, and you will take turns performing and receiving techniques with a partner.
What You Can Expect to Achieve
What you will achieve will depend on what you invest into your training. One of the beautiful aspects of Aikido is that you can depart every class with some new insight or improvement. No matter how you feel before training, most people feel more energetic following training. Over time, you will grow more and more confident and relaxed in difficult situations, more comfortable managing attackers, and more perceptive of human emotions and ego. You will quickly appreciate how those insights apply in your daily life, your work and your relationships. How quickly and how far down the path to mastery you travel, and what your particular path looks like, is up to you! Mostly, what you can expect to achieve is the discovery and appreciation of your own path, and the manifestation of your own personal strengths.
Training With Injuries and Physical Limitations
“Aikido really interests me, but I’m just not physically in shape enough to be a martial artist.” Aikido is not a martial sport, where you are pitted in physical contests against matched opponents. There is no opponent and no winner and loser. It is a life art, which means it is a practice and philosophy for your life, your entire life. The Aikido you discover will look different than anyone else’s and as an expression of your own body and life, it will provide a path that will provide results and challenges that fit your unique situation. If you have the mindset and will to embrace Aikido, it will reward you no matter your physical situation.
Variety Workouts/Stress Relief
Aikido helps build mental toughness, teaches the value of hard work, and gives you the persistence you need in everyday life. Many members at Aiki Juku Dojo have said that Aikido is also a great stress-relief from school or work because it helps take their mind off problems they are facing so they can focus all their thoughts into their training. It is a workout where you have to have endurance to execute all the variousmoves until the end of class. By engaging your brain during class, Aikido can help provide a completely different workout that you won’t find anywhere else.