What is an Aikido class like?

A newcomer to an Aikido class will 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 first to the dojo (practice hall), and then to sensei (teacher). Class consist of warm-ups, basic movements, concepts of Aikido, and Aikido techniques (including weapons) with partners.

Class ends with a bowing ceremony, as a sign of respect and gratitude to everyone who took part in the class.

See it!

(Please note that Aikido techniques demonstrated on this video are dangerous.

Do not attempt to apply them yourselves without appropriate supervision!)