Getting Started

New Students

Getting started in Aikido is easy, simply come to a class. There is always room on the mat.

Our members are of all ages, athletic abilities and experience levels. The membership of any class may have fitness buffs to the less athletic. Ages can range from 11 to 50, and everyone in between.

We welcome visitors to come and watch a class in session. Asking questions of the instructors and senior students before and after class is encouraged. All we ask is that you respect the dojo and its members, if observing a class please stay off the mats and refrain from loud conversations when class is in session, especially when the instructor is demonstrating.

If joining a class, ask a senior student to help get you started. No special clothing or equipment is required. If you decide to stick with Aikido, you will be required to get a gi before testing or attending seminars.

Aikido is a contemplative budo and requires respect, focus and humility. We emphasize the philosophical aspects of the art, but never overlook the technique and what makes it all work. The key to aikido is to practice with compassion, focus on connection and fluidity, and relax. Aikido should be practiced when you are alert and energized, and when you are tired and drained. It should be practiced when you are inspired, and when you are not inspired. You should practice the basics with beginners, slow and purposeful. Practice hard and fast with the advanced students. Practice when you're young. Practice when your old. But, in all, practice.

We strongly suggest students attend at least two classes a week.


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                          ~ O-Sensei

What to Wear

For your first few classes, wear loose, comfortable clothing: sweatpants and a t-shirt. We do not advise training in jeans. Do not wear shorts.

Before class, please remove all jewelry, watches, earrings, necklaces, etc. If you have long hair, you will need to put it up in a ponytail. After you have participated in class for a while, and have decided to stay, you will need to purchase a gi. Traditionally, we wear judo gi, although a white karate gi is fine. All gi must be white (unbleached white is ok) without patches or printing. Local martial arts stores can be found here.

Central Aikido    UCM Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Warrensburg MO, 64093    660-429-9151    dojocho@centralaikido.org