If you don't find the answer to your question here, please feel free to contact us.  We always try to respond as soon as possible.


See our New Starters Guide to find out what to wear and what you can expect when you come along.


Are your instructors registered and qualified?


All our instructors are qualified and registered with the British Aikido Board.


Do you need to be very fit to practise Aikido?


The idea is to use technique not strength, so muscles and stamina aren't really needed.


Does the club purchase or provide gi's?


The club is currently unable to provide gi’s, however they are readily available from various retailers and we can point you in the right direction.


Which style of Aikido do you practise - traditional or sport?


Our style is traditional.


Can I ask questions?


Yes, whether you are training or watching, wait until the sensei has finished demonstrating a technique and asked the class to continue, then raise your hand. Once you have seen that the sensei has noticed, you can put you hand down and wait for him to come over. Try not to be impatient if the sensei is held up by others, everyone wants their questions answered!


Can I just sit and watch?


Yes, there is a seated area by the mat. Its easier to get an idea of what its all about by joining in, but watching is fine. Let the sensei know if you want just to watch, and he will try to come over to answer questions and maybe demonstrate a few appropriate techniques.


Can I just turn up or should I call first?


If you can drop us a quick email to let us know to expect you, great.  Although just turning up is not a problem.


Can I park nearby?


There is plenty of free parking in Church Close and the surrounding roads.


Can I wear socks?


Yes, they should be either white or black.


Can I wear trainers?


No, shoes of any kind are never allowed on the mats.


Can students get discounted rates?


No - Sorry there are no "concession" rates for students.


Do you run classes for children?


At the moment all club members are adult. We do not run a separate children's class.


Do you run separate classes for beginners?


We introduce beginners in a separate area of the mat during the normal training session. You will be taught some essential basics before being integrated with the main class.


Do you train with weapons?


We occasionally practice with wooden training weapons - knife/ sword/ staff and chain. This shows how to defend against an armed attacker if necessary and helps the development of unarmed technique. Weapon use is not taught as an aggressive skill.


How long does it take to get to black belt?


Usually between 5 to 8 years depending on ability, commitment and attitude.


How much do gradings cost?


From white belt (starting grade) through to blue belt, gradings are free and are usually performed locally. The senior Brown and Black belt gradings however, are only held once a year and candidates travel to our Aylesbury venue to be examined by a senior grade panel. This helps to maintain our standards nationally and helps provide topics for our day courses, which are run by senior dan grades. Senior gradings are charged at slightly different prices depending on the grade being attempted but are presently in the order of £25.


How old do you have to be to join in?


The classes are run for adults only - that is to say age 18 and up.


What should I wear when visiting the club?


Loose clothing, preferably without buttons or zips as these could be uncomfortable and dig in. Clothing that can stretch a little is perfect as it is more comfortable when learning to roll. It's also a good idea to bring flip flops (the Japanese call them "zori") to prevent dust or dirt from being tracked onto the mats. Jewellery should be left at home as it can be a safety risk, however adults are usually allowed to make their own decision. Please also note that the club cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to guests' property.


Am I too Old or Unfit to train?


There's an old saying "you are as old as you feel". You certainly won't be pressured into doing more than you can do but there obviously is a physical side to training eg. rolling breakfalls. You will be shown how to do these safely and you can take your own time to become confident and proficient. Ultimately, you are the best judge of what you can do, so come along and watch and only decide when you know what you will be doing. There is plenty of seating and you and your friends are welcome to visit.  The only rule is not to distract the training going on, so responsible behaviour is a must.

 

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We teach Aikido to Adults on Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm at

John Keble Church Hall

Church Close

Off Deans Lane

Mill Hill

HA8 9NS