Aikido beginners class - Braidwood Dojo
Each spring the Braidwood Dojo offers a 10 weeks beginners course, plan to attend every class.
Cost is $100.
The beginner’s class offers interested people a ramp instead of a step into Aikido. At the end of the beginner’s class, a student is ready to join the main class, or can leave with an introduction to the principles and techniques of Aikido.
As Aikido is different to most martial arts, in that its aim is to resolve conflict not escalate or participate in it, these differences are best explained at the beginning, in a slower environment, than the main class.
The first Lesson
- Arrive for class at least 15 minutes before training starts to allow time for changing, setting up the dojo and warming up. Shoes are not to be worn on the mat. Bare feet are not to walk on the floor. Take off and put on shoes at the edge of the mat. Sandals make this easier.
- All forms filled out and payments to be made before beginning training.
- Wear comfortable, clean clothes that can be gripped.
- Keep nails trimmed and long hair tied back.
- Do not drink alcohol or anything that will impair your ability prior to training.
- Remove jewellery.
- Try to have a clear mind, ready to receive instruction
- Have fun and enjoy.
- Watch carefully and listen intently to what is being shown. Perform techniques accurately
- Don’t talk unnecessarily.
- Do not leave the mat without the instructor’s knowledge.
- Treat everyone with respect. Do not train beyond the level of your partner.
- Follow the teacher’s instruction carefully. Injury is more likely to occur when students are competing.
- Avoid challenging people to test techniques. There is no good outcome of this sort of challenge. The instructor is available to answer any questions.
For further information:
Come and watch a main class anytime before the main class or talk to Matthew Hulse, Instructor Braidwood Aikido Dojo, who has been teaching this beginners class for 16 years.