Beginner Program for Adults

The Beginner Program
The Beginner Program for Adults introduces new practitioners to the basic concepts and techniques of Aikido.
● FOR WHO The Program is specifically tailored for adults who have no previous experience and are interested in trying out Aikido.
● FOCUS With an emphasis on safety, beginners learn the fundamentals of Aikido practice including etiquette, footwork, body movement, posture, positioning, basic techniques and falling safely, all under the supervision of senior instructors.
● BENEFITS Among many other benefits, Aikido practice improves health, increases flexibility, sharpens reflexes, enhances coordination, improves body alignment and promotes relaxation. And of course it's a fun and excellent way to learn self-defense and the most modern of Japanese martial arts.
When and where are the classes held?

  • The Beginner Program for Adults starts on Mondays and runs for 3 months.

  • Beginners can attend an unlimited number of Aikido and Aikido Weapons classes as shown on the schedule below.

  • The Aikido Weapons classes include jo or the wooden staff and bokken or the wooden sword.

  • During Stage 3 classes are held at the dojo, online and outdoors. If the weather does not permit, the classes outdoors take place at the dojo, in which case they are also offered online.

  • This is the Beginner Program class schedule:

HP (or D & O)

10:00 - 11:30 am
D only

10:00 - 11:00 am
D only

12:30 - 1:30 pm
D & O

6:00 - 7:00 pm
D & O

6:00 - 7:00 pm
D & O

6:00 - 7:00 pm
D & O

6:00 - 7:00 pm
D & O

6:00 - 7:00 pm
D & O

7:15 - 8:15 pm
D & O

7:15 - 8:15 pm
D = at dojo, O = online, HP = outdoors, at High Park

Can I visit the dojo to observe a class?

Yes, but due to distancing requirements you must make an appointment to reserve your spot. At most 2 observers are allowed during Stage 3.
You do not need an appointment to observe our Outdoor Weapons classes on Saturdays at 10 am at the High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr, Toronto, at one of the 3 locations indicated in this map

Can I try a free class ?

Yes. During Stage 3 you can try the Outdoor Weapons class on Saturdays at 10:00 am at High Park and you can also try a class at the dojo also on Saturdays at 12:30 pm.
To do so you need to register by following the instructions below.

How do I register for classes?

To register for classes or to try a free class please complete each of the 4 steps in this section.

  1. Provide your contact information by filling and submitting the form below.
    Fields indicated by * are required.
    After pressing the "Send" button, you will be redirected to a "Thank-you" page. Return to this page using the Back button on your browser to continue the process.
    Name: *
    Date of Birth: *
    Gender: *
    Email: *
    Home Address:
    Postal Code:
    Phone 1:
    Phone 2:
    Phone 3:

  2. Review the document Toronto Aikikai’s Safety Plan. (Toronto Aikikai Procedures and Guidelines for Indoor and Outdoor Practice during COVID-19 Stage 3).

  3. Download this Waiver.

  4. Electronically complete the waiver, save it and email it to:
    Please note the waiver cannot be filled online. It must be downloaded to be filled properly.

Once we have received the above information and the Waiver we will send you a link where you can book the date for your first class.

What should I wear and bring for a class at the dojo?

  • Appropriate clothing, such as a martial arts uniform if you have one, or gym or comfortable clothes if you don’t. Shorts are not allowed. A uniform is not required for outdoor classes.

  • A mask. Wearing a face masks is mandatory at all times while in the dojo.

  • A water bottle.

What should I expect when arriving for a class?

  • A check-in host will take your temperature . If it is above 37.8 °C, you will be turned away as a preventive measure.

  • The host will verify that your name is on the registration list for that day and that you have completed and signed the required waiver.

  • You will be required to complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Questionnaire on the day of practice and show your results to the host.

  • Before joining a class you will be required to sanitize your hands and if at the dojo, your feet as well.

Will there be physical contact during the class?

  • No. There will not be any contact or close-up partner practice during Stage 3.

  • The focus of all classes during Stage 3 , including the trial classes, will be on Aikido conditioning, body displacement (tai-sabaki), safe falling (ukemi), technique forms (kata), and weapons practice.

I am interested in starting. How much does it cost?

For a limited time we are offering a PROMOTIONAL RATE that includes:

  • 3 months of unlimited classes
  • A free uniform (while supplies last)
  • Examination for 6th kyu
  • All for $199 – a saving of 60% from the regular price!

You can pay for registration at the Promotional Rate through Paypal by using the "Donate" button below.

Please note:
  1. After the 3 month Promotional Rate period regular dojo fees apply. You can see the regular fees packages we offer on the Fees page.

  2. Most of the time the Paypal process works just fine.
    But, every now and then, it fails. We have found that this is not a problem with the button above but with Paypal itself. If you encounter this problem, the fix that has worked in every instance is to try again later. Apologies beforehand for the inconvenience if you encounter this erratic behaviour.

Do you have additional questions?

We'll be happy to answer all your questions.
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