New to Aikido? How to Start
We are excited to welcome you into the Seattle Aikikai community. Here’s how to start!
First, come to the dojo and watch a class at either of our two locations. Then, if you’re ready, you can sign up for a free trial class. If you prefer a more structured introduction, we offer a Beginners’ Series several times a year. Our spring Beginners’ Series has not yet been scheduled. We will post information here as soon as the dates are finalized.
We believe that every person can practice Aikido. As a beginner, you’ll receive individual instruction on basic skills, such as conditioning, etiquette, and footwork. As you progress, you’ll receive group and individual instruction on basic techniques, and be able to attend any class.
Please review our COVID policies before registering for any class.
1. Choose a class
Visit our Zen Planner site. You can attend any basics class as your free trial.
Fill out the registration form and create your account. You’ll receive a confirmation email once you have registered.
3. What to wear
Dress in clothing suitable for exercise (long pants which allow you to move and protect your knees from abrasions are preferred).
4. Attend your class
Arrive 15 minutes early to receive an orientation and instruction on basic class etiquette.
We believe Aikido should be available to anyone who wants to train, regardless of income. We acknowledge that there are inequities in our society. To that end, we offer three tiers of membership dues to help make Aikido more accessible. If you are unsure of where you fit, check out The Sliding Scale: A Tool of Economic Justice. In addition, we offer scholarships and discounts. Contact us for more information on those options.
Basic adult monthly membership includes unlimited classes at all locations.
Premium memberships allow us to offer financial support to students experiencing financial hardship. This membership option includes unlimited classes at all locations, two private lessons each year, and free admission to any of our workshops.
Subsidized memberships allow students with limited financial resources or financial hardship to attend classes. Still too much? Contact us and we can help!