How to Join the Dojo

Students who are considering joining the dojo may attend their first class without fee. Please email info@houstonaikido.com to arrange your first visit. Those wishing to observe class are welcome to do so but should email Sensei ahead of time. Students who belong to other Aikido dojos are welcome to visit with consent of their instructor. A $20 mat fee is requested. Please pre-register here: Class Registration non-Members The mat fee is for visiting students from other Aikido dojos only. The monthly membership for our students is $80. Membership subscriptions are set up in-person in the dojo. Potential students may attend their first class without fee before deciding to join the dojo.

Our Adult Aikido Classes are for participants ages 13 and older. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis for the children of adult Aikido students. These classes range from basic to advanced and train students in all aspects of the art including defense against various attacks, throws, rolling, and Aikido weapons. Though the adult classes place more emphasis on the self-defense aspects of the art, the cooperative nature of the practice along with the option to skip or work up to any activity that a student does not feel ready for, allows people of varying physical abilities to participate and learn at their own pace. The flexible nature of Aikido, that there are usually multiple alternatives in a given situation, can even allow people with physical limitations to work around them when training in Aikido. The partner-based practice simultaneously allows students who are able to train more vigorously to do so in the same class. Visit www.houstonaikido.com for more information.

You don’t have to be young and fit to join us. Students who have trained Aikido previously should communicate with Sensei about which classes to attend.

All martial arts have a set of etiquette rules that you will need to learn and Aikido is no exception. But don’t worry. We don’t expect you to know them before you start and you’ll learn them as you go along. In essence, etiquette expresses our respect for the dojo, the teachers and each other and for the art that we practice. We ask that all new students (with the exception of children) read the ASU training manual before their first class ASU Training Manual.

MEMBERSHIP DUES

Recurring Monthly Adult Aikido Membership $80. Membership subscriptions are set up in-person in the dojo.

There are no hidden or additional fees. There are modest testing fees and once students have obtained rank there is a modest annual fee to our parent organization (Aikido Schools of Ueshiba). Testing occurs roughly twice per year.

WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING TO THE FIRST CLASS

A waiver must be signed by (or for minors) by all participants or guardians.

Come about 15 minutes early and be dressed before class time, if at all possible. Long exercise pants, such as sweat pants, are appropriate as well as short or long sleeved shirts. No shorts or tank tops. For safety, no jewelry may be worn in class including earrings, watches, and rings. If have you a white martial arts uniform (Karate, Judo, or Aikido styles) with no insignia, you may wear this with a white (not colored) belt (unless you have a black belt specifically in Aikido). Uniforms can be purchased from various online vendors.