Getting started with Aikido training
Free introductory lesson
You can begin your Aikido training right away. You don't need to wait for a special starting date. Come to the dojo nearest you for a free introductory lesson and begin your training.
At the Oregon Ki Society, Aikido is based on a solid understanding of Ki Principles. Thus, all Aikido students must also train in the Ki classes to fully develop an understanding of Ki.
Who should train?
- Ki classes are for anyone ages 12 and older (Younger students can train in the Children's Program )
- A Program for Young Adults, 13 through 18 years has been recently added, to bridge the gap between the Children's Program and the Adult Program.
- If you have any physical limitations or injuries consult your doctor before beginning Aikido training
Here's what to do
- Check the location page for dojo locations and class times
- Give the dojo a call to let them know you are coming (drop-ins are also welcome)
- Dress in loose comfortable clothes like a tee-shirt and sweat pants
- Come to the dojo 10 to 15 minutes before starting time
- This gives you the opportunity to meet and talk to the instructors before class begins
- Let the instructor know if you have any physical limitations
- Sign a release form
- Enjoy your lesson
Here's what to expect
- The first hour will introduce you to the Four Basic Principles of Mind and Body Coordination
- The second hour introduces you to the Five Principles of Aikido and to the basic movements of an art or two.
- The lesson is typically taught separately from the main class (many times one-on-one or in a small group)
- Expect the lesson to last two hours
- After your free introductory lesson decide if this training is for you then sign up
- Dues are paid month to month (no long term contracts)
- There is an initiation fee paid to Ki Society HQ
- Begin attending lessons