What do I wear?
When people begin to practice they may wear any loose, comfortable clothing and wear sandals or flip-flops between the changing rooms and the mat. Eventually, however, men should wear a white Kidogi and women should wear a white Kidogi and black hakama.
Toe and fingernails should be short and clean to prevent any injury and jewelry should be removed.
In addition to the 10 points listed by Sensei Williams above, there are several rules of etiquette we follow in the Dojo (= “practice place”).
1. Try to arrive in time to be changed and on the mat when class starts. In Dojos where the mats must be set up before class, plan to arrive early to help with set-up.
2. When it is not possible to be on time and you arrive while class is in progress, get changed and then wait at the edge of the mat for the Sensei to acknowledge you and invite you onto the mat. Do a standing bow, remove your sandals and join the class.
3. There is only “one Sensei on the mat”. Students are not to teach each other on the mat and should ask the Sensei for assistance or clarification when needed.
Bowing is an expression of gratitude for the opportunity to practice Ki Aikido and we bow as follows:
1. A standing bow before stepping onto the mat, at the start of class.
2. With students lined up across the back of the mat, kneeling bows* to the ki sign and then to the Sensei (at the beginning and end of class)
3. Kneeling bows before beginning practice with a partner(s) and when finished practicing with that partner(s). When bowing each person should wait until the other is ready and then both bow together.
4. With students lined up along the sides of the mat, kneeling bows to the Sensei at the end of the first half of class and at the beginning of the second half of class
5. When asked to assist the Sensei in the demonstration of an exercise, kneeling bows to the Sensei before and after the demonstration.
6. And finally, a standing bow after stepping off the mat, at the end of the class.
*Students who have difficulty kneeling may bow from standing.
The cost is $10 a lesson
Annual membership is $75 and $50 for students/unemployed
Practice for adults is on Wednesdays 7-9pm and Fridays 7pm-9pm
Age requirement: 14 years and up
High-grade practice for adults is held bi-weekly on Sundays from 11am-1pm
Age requirement: 14 years and up and graded as 1st Kyu and up
Practice for children is on Wednesdays 6-7pm.
Age requirement: 8-13 years of age