If  you're new to this...

  • Most Aikido training is with a partner.  If you are new to Aikido, your partner will help you through the technique
  • You do not have to be fit to start Aikido, but the instructor should be told if you have any medical condition or disability
  • Correct clothing for Aikido is a white judo or karate suit.  We do not expect beginners to have this - come in clothes that allow you to move freely  
  • The UKA awards grades, but adults do not show their grades by wearing coloured belts: someone wearing a white belt could be a complete novice, or a few weeks away from being awarded a black belt
  • No jewellery may be worn when practising
  • Aikido is rooted in Japanese tradition, so some of the things we do can seem strange at first
  • Shoes are never worn on the mat, but are put on as we step off the mat to keep our feet (and the mat) clean.  Traditional Japanese homes did not have western-style chairs or beds, so people sat and slept on the floor.  It was important to keep the floor clean at all times
  • We follow traditional Japanese etiquette.  Don't worry about it - just copy everyone else until you pick it up
  • For insurance purposes, you will be asked to join the UKA after two classes to continue training