Dojo Rules

  1. Carefully follow the instructor's directions, applying yourself to training and to the correct performance of techniques. The aim of Aikido is to develop the true human Self. It is not to be used in displays of ego, tests of strength, any kind of competition or to hurt your partner.

  2. Always be alert; not just to what's in front of you and your partner, but to the people all around you. Pay attention in order to avoid accidental collisions.

  3. Always conduct training in a pleasant and joyful atmosphere.

  4. Although the instructor teaches one techniques at a time, its versatile applications must be discovered by each student through continuous and extensive practice with cooperating partners.

  5. Always begin training by gently moving and stretching your body and then progressing gradually to more intensive practice. While training, never force anything unnaturally or unreasonably at any time.

  6. Aikido classes are attended by a mix of people. All practice must be adapted to the age, physical condition, limitations and skill of each partner. In this way all students, whether beginners or advanced, young or old, men or women, can train together pleasurably and without injury.

  7. The purpose of Aikido is to train the mind and body to be strong yet flexible, and to produce sincere, earnest people. Since all techniques are to be transmitted person to person only under the guidance of a trained instructor, do not deviate from the instruction, or attempt to apply a technique in a manner that would hurt or injure your partner.

  8. Strikes and kicks are only performed as part of Aikido techniques where atemi is required. They must be executed without contact to the partner, so as to avoid causing serious injuries.

  9. Free sparring is not a part of Aikido training. All training consists of practicing the exact technique as taught by the instructor.

  10. Following these rules is not optional at our dojo.