Getting Started


You are welcome to observe a class anytime.  This gives you the opportunity to ask questions to the instructor and dojo members.  You do not need to make an appointment to watch a class, simply show up a few minutes before the start of a session.  [view the schedule].


You can try an aikido class for free.  We recommend that you wear loose fitting exercise clothing and arrive 15 minutes before the session to register [view the schedule].  You do not need to be physically fit or have any martial arts experience, but we ask that you please make an appointment.

What to expect in your first Aikido class

You will begin by sitting with the others in a seiza position (legs folded underneath thighs, buttocks on heals) or cross-legged in a lined formation.  The class officially begins when everyone bows towards the kamiza (Place of honor, front of the dojo).  Bowing is a gesture rooted in Japanese culture, and performed as an expression of respect for the art, the dojo, and one another.  It is proper etiquette that in part signifies awareness of surroundings and one’s readiness to begin practice.

After bowing in, there will be a 10 minute basic warm-up consisting of breathing exercises and stretching.  Afterwards, you will learn how to do basic footwork, as well as how to execute a forward and backward roll.  This is an essential skill that we refer to as ukemi, the art of falling safely.

Falling safely is the first skill you will learn.  Half of aikido practice focuses on applying a technique, while the other involves receiving it, by falling or rolling.  Developing good ukemi skills allows one to receive a technique safely, conditions and develops strong muscles, and substantially contributes to one’s progression in understanding the art.

You will then learn a couple of basic techniques by practicing with a senior partner and take turns applying (The nage) and receiving the techniques (Taking ukemi).  Class will last about 1 hour and will end with everyone bowing out.


The dojo offers individual storage lockers and/or “cubbies” for your clothes and 2 full bathrooms in which to change.

Parking is available in the large parking lot immediately in front of the dojo.