Everyone is welcome to do a Trial Class. Much of practice is with a partner, but there’s no competition in Aikido. Everyone works to improve based on their own ability in the spirit of mutual benefit. A uniform is not needed to try a class. Simply wear comfortable clothing like a t-shirt and loose pants. Have legs covered, but no jeans. Classes are for adults and mature teens (minimum age 14). Trial Class is $35 payable when you arrive. If you’d like to do a Trial Class please click below and complete the application. We will then contact you to set a time for you to attend.
Complete the application form here to attend a Trial Class.
Joining the Dojo
After doing a Trial Class you may want to join as a student. Before being accepted to fully join Greenwood Aikido, we interview each prospective student. Not all are accepted. We want to be sure that our goals and the student’s goals are in alignment. If you want to do combat sports or you’re looking to become a fighter then Aikido may not be for you. If you want a quick self-defense course then you should check into other programs that specialize in that. Aikido was born out of the traditional martial arts of Japan and these are still very much a part of practice. However, the goal of Aikido is not about competition, but about personal development.
Every student was once a beginner and we all understand that it takes a little time to get the basics. However, in a short time you should be able to carry your own weight in order to engage in a quality training experience with fellow students. It’s important that you are able to commit to training at least 2-3 times per week. It’s easy to be excited about a new endeavor in the beginning, but mastery requires pushing ahead even at times when you don’t feel particularly excited or motivated. You must keep your own life in good order to not allow circumstances to get in the way of your training. Aikido is about self-mastery and allowing excuses to take you off your path is anything but self-mastery.
Students must also show good manners. This means being respectful and having acceptable social skills. Aikido can help refine basic manners and awareness, but it’s not our role to teach remedial social skills. We expect those attributes to be present in students when they join.
The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.Morihei Ueshiba "O Sensei"
A uniform is not required in the beginning for new students. However, soon after you begin training you will need to obtain a proper training uniform called a dōgi (doh-gee). We recommend either an aikido or judo style or a medium weight karate style from e-bogu.
You may notice that some students wear dark colored pleated pants called a hakama. It is only required that black belt students obtain a hakama, however, this part of the uniform does not signify rank and may be worn by anyone. If you would like to get a hakama we suggest that you get at least a year of training under your belt first.
All classes are open to all students, including iaido (sword) classes. It’s important to train consistently and attend as many classes as possible. The sword class is not something you need to do at first. Aikido techniques are based on the sword movements so at some point you may wish to pursue this area of study.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start of class.
Tuesday 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Friday 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Iaido classes (ee · eye · doh; Japanese Swordsmanship)
Saturday 10:45 – 11:30 AM
Aikido Extended Training
A special extended training is held the 3rd Saturday morning of each month from 9 AM to 12 noon. Extended Training will be an important time to develop a deeper understanding of your practice. The Monthly Extended Practice is required attendance for all students. If for some reason you are unable to attend you are expected to call and let us know in advance.
I began practicing Aikido with Greenwood Sensei in my mid-40’s with minimal martial arts experience as a retired Navy Sailor who has experienced many things in life. I have to say that learning Aikido in the tradition of Nishio has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. Young, old, man or women this is the path to enlightenment.Mike Texidor
US Navy, Retired
I’m at 3 months of training now and I love it. I’m starting to pick up certain techniques and I like where I’m going with it. Aikido techniques can be very intricate, but they are very effective and make complete sense. Footwork, the way of moving, the way of holding the arms, body posture and so many more details go hand to hand. I especially like how Aikido uses balance and position in a way that neither person gets hurt.Joseph Gaitan
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