Advice on Aikido Training

Aikido has two sides of practice. Performing technique, and receiving technique. It is vital that you perform breakfalls, to achieve form in technique and to avoid injury.

Aikido is non-competitive, so do not enter into contests of strength or aggression. When performing technique you should be relaxed, but not loose. Upright in your posture, but not rigid as this impedes the correct flow of the technique.

Have respect for the Sensei / Teacher as they have knowledge and experiences that will help you develop and progress. In turn pass on all you know to those who wish to study Aikido.

Always be of smart clean appearance. A clean Gi / Uniform, and clean hands, feet and short nails are required at all times. Any jewellery (necklaces, earrings, bangles etc) must be removed before training commences. Wedding bands that cannot be removed must be covered in padded strapping tape to prevent injury.

All weapons must be free of fault. Wooden weapons must be free of splinters, cracks and dryness and must be regulary maintained. Katana / Swords must be semi sharp, have a clean blade and the Mekugi / Tang pins checked regulary.

Be prompt to training sessions. Always respect the Kamiza / Shrine, and make efforts to set up, take down and cleanes the dojo. Be of a clear mind and bring no bad thoughts or moods into the Tatami / Mat, as this will be detrimental to your Aikido practice. Follow these guidelines for enjoyment in Aikido practice.