Select Page

Getting Started

Everyone is welcome to try a Free Trial Class. Wear comfortable clothing like a t-shirt and loose pants, legs covered, no jeans. Classes are for adults and mature teens (age 14+). Please phone us first to arrange a time to observe or to train. Classes are specialized so we don’t allow walk-ins. Call and talk to Heather first if you’d like to either observe or train at (951) 440-8682.

Joining The Dojo

After doing a Trial Class you can apply to join as a regular student. We want to be sure that our goals and your goals are in alignment. It’s important to understand that progress is only possible through dedication and regular practice.

Every student was once a beginner and we all understand that it takes a little time to get the basics. 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. You should commit to training at least 2-3 classes per week minimally. Of course the more you’re able to train the stronger your art becomes and the faster your progress. It’s important to keep your body healthy and your life in balance to get the most from your training.

It’s also important to have 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 when you join.

Class Schedule

All classes are open to all students. The iaido (sword) class is optional. Aikido empty hand techniques are actually based on Japanese sword (katana) movements so many students find great interest in this area of study as well.

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before class. The dojo is usually open about 30 minutes prior to class time if you want to arrive early and warm up or train a little before class. There is a changing room and separate restroom as well.

TuesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
9-10 AM
Aikido
10-11 AM
Weapons
(Sword & Staff)
11- 11:30 AM
Iaido (ee-ai-doh)
(sword)
5-6 PM
Open training & test prep (by appointment)
6-7 PM
Aikido
6-7 PM
Aikido
6-7 PM
Open training & test prep (by appointment)
7-8 PM
Weapons
(Sword & Staff)
7-8 PM
Grappling/Ground Defense
(katame waza)
7-8 PM
Aikido

Extended Training

A special extended aikido training is held on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month from 9 am to 12 noon. This is an important time to push a little deeper physically and mentally into your practice. This training is strongly recommended for all students.

Uniform

A uniform is not required to get started. 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.

As a police officer I coordinate arrest and control tactics training for the Murrieta Police Department. I was also an instructor in taekwondo which I studied along with hapkido for over 20 years. I’m very fortunate to find Greenwood Sensei to study the art of Aikido. He is patient, knowledgeable and very effective. He reveals the intricacy and subtlety woven throughout Aikido. All the students are very patient with each other and make everyone feel welcome on this journey of physical and mental enlightenment.

Michael Jacob

Detective, Murrieta Police Department

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 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