FAQ

Pokhara, Nepal
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  • Is Aikido for you?
  • The martial art of Aikido…
  • Why do people practice Aikido?
  • Aikido training…
  • What is a class like?
  • How do I join the dojo?
  • What do I need to begin training?
  • How often should I attend class?
  • I have an injury or chronic condition that interferes with my ability to move easily. Will I be able to practice?
  • Can Aikido be an effective method of self-defense?
  • How long will it take to get a black belt?
  • Do you have children’s classes?
  • What does a class cost?

 

Is Aikido for you?

Yes, Aikido is a non-violent, yet a dynamic, effective and powerful martial art that teaches to blend with an attack and redirect it through evasive and circular motions, using balance, leverage and gravity, instead of harming or injuring one’s opponent. Ultimately, it is the energy of the attack itself with brings down the attacker. This principle reaches far beyond the domain of the dojo.

The martial art of Aikido…

The martial art of Aikido incorporates unique philosophical foundation of peace and harmony along with well-defined self-defense techniques. Aikido is a method of personal development that teaches positive human qualities such as compassion, courage, endurance, and inner strength, which enhances all aspects of life.

Why do people practice Aikido?

As with any complex activity, different people find Aikido attractive for different reasons – physical fitness, self-defense, personal growth, confidence, etc. At our dojo we train vigorously but safely, with utmost care for each other. The practice of Aikido combines the training of body, mind, and spirit in a single unified discipline. Strength is not required, as a result, Aikido can easily be practiced by men and women of all ages.

Aikido training…

In Aikido training, most practice is done with a partner. Each works on his or her own level of ability, alternating as attacker and defender. Both roles are stressed as each contribute skilled that enhance overall sensitivity and control. Practice is non-competitive with partners working in cooperative manner to encourage physical, mental and spiritual growth for each other.

What is a class like?

A newcomer to an Aikido class with notice the special atmosphere – both, welcoming and formal. Since Aikido is an ancient and formal Japanese discipline, traditional etiquette forms are an important part of Aikido study. Classes begin with students bowing fist to O’Sensei, Founder of Aikido, and than to the Sensei/Teacher. Classes consists of warm-ups, breathing techniques, basic movements, concepts/principles of Aikido, and Aikido techniques (including weapons) with partners. Class ends with a bowing ceremony.

How do I join the dojo?

If you have not trained in Aikido before, you should watch one class. Watching a class will give you the opportunity to see a variety of ages, body types, and levels of experience.

What do I need to begin training?

Gym clothes, which cover your knees and elbows. It is not necessary to purchase a uniform or wooden weapons before you start, but you should do so soon after you join the dojo. Either a white judo or karate gi is acceptable. The loose blue or black hakama may be worn by anyone, but the are not required until the first time you take your test.

How often should I attend class?

Attending class at least twice or three times a week with tend to produce visible progress. Testing in Aikido requires uninterrupted training. Please review the ASU Training’s Handbook.

I have an injury or chronic condition…

It depends on the nature of your injury. Generally, if you are walking without assistance , you should be able to train at some level. Of course you should consult your doctor before you begin training, and discuss your condition with the chief instructor.

Can Aikido be an effective method of self-defense?

Yes. Aikido forms the basis of many law enforcement and correctional systems unarmed self-defense programs. The key to effective self-defense training is cultivating the proper attitude. Physical technique alone is not sufficient to prevail in conflict.

How long will it take to earn a black belt?

There are three white and three brown belt ranks leading up to the black belt. The typical student takes four to five years of consistent training to test for black belt. For testing requirements please review the ASU Training’s Handbook.

Do you have children’s classes?

No. Minimum age requirement for Aikido is 16 years of age.

What does it cost?

Basic Aikido dues are €100 per month or €10 per class (pay as you go), plus an annual membership/insurance contribution of €50. Family discounts are available, please inquire if you qualify.