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Dojo Etiquette

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art, which comes with some expectations of etiquette. We consider these guidelines to be part of the training itself, to cultivate an environment of focus and discipline. When we adhere to these guidelines, we all benefit from a space where respect, hygiene and safety are at the forefront of our training.

Please take a moment to read over some of our points of etiquette. If unsure, copy those around you, or ask a senior member. It may seem a lot to remember at first, but over time it will become second nature.

  • Punctuality. Arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the lesson. This allows you time to get properly dressed and in the right mindset for training. Latecomers may not be allowed to participate. If you are late, wait in seiza (kneeling) at the edge of the mat until the instructor signals for you to join.

  • No shoes on the mat. We recommend wearing flip flops or sandals when entering the room. Leave these at the edge of the mat as we train barefoot.

  • Respect the practice space. Bow when entering and leaving the room. You may stretch quietly until the signal for the beginning of the lesson. Bow in seiza when entering and leaving the mat.

  • Do not leave the mat during practice except in the case of injury or illness. In such cases, notify the instructor of your situation first.

  • Aikido training requires close physical contact. Please keep personal hygiene in mind. Train in a clean gi (uniform). Toenails and fingernails must be kept short for safety. All jewellery and other accessories must be removed.

  • It is not appropriate to talk or ask questions whilst the instructor is demonstrating. Sit in seiza and learn by watching. You may ask the instructor questions when approached.

  • Do not walk in between or behind people who are practising. Be aware of space at all times. This is a matter of safety.

  • Pay your fees in a timely manner.

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