Getting Started

Every journey has a beginning and we want you to have the best possible experience. The first step is very important so every new student begins with a special 2-hour Aikido Foundations Course.  This course is designed to introduce you to the basics of Aikido practice including etiquette, basic Japanese terminology and the basic movements of Aikido.

When attending this class please wear comfortable clothing like a t-shirt and loose pants, legs covered, no jeans. Classes are for adults and mature teens (age 14+).

The price of the Aikido Foundations Course is $35.  Sign up by clicking the link below where you you can select either a Tuesday evening or a Saturday morning class time.  (Note: If you’ve specifically trained in aikido before or if you have previously completed an introductory class with us you do not need to complete the Foundations Course before joining the dojo).

Aikido Foundations Course

The first step…
Next two-hour Aikido Foundations Courses are

Tuesday evening, October 22, 6-8pm
or
Saturday morning, October 26, 9-11am

Pre-Registration Required

Joining The Dojo

After completing and Aikido Foundations Course 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 master the basics. In a short time you should be confident enough to engage in a safe, energetic, quality training experience with your 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.

Greenwood Sensei was interviewed recently in a podcast by Josh Gold, Executive Editor of Aikido Journal. In that interview he discusses the spirit, nature and purpose of aikido. Click here to listen to the podcast at Aikido Journal.  Part of the interview also appears in written form as Don’t Cut the Person with your Sword: Philip Greenwood on Nishio and Aikido Philosophy.  Part two of the interview is A True Aiki Swordsman: Philip Greenwood on Shoji Nishio.

Class Schedule

All classes are open to all students. The actual content of each class is determined by the instructor. In addition to empty hand techniques you will also study Japanese swordsmanship, iaido (pronounced ee-eye-doh) and the use of the staff (jodo) which are both an integral part of our aikido training. The practice of sword and staff bring a deeper understanding of both the principles and the application of aikido techniques.

Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class. The dojo is usually open about 20-30 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.

 

Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday
      9 – 10 am
Aikido
      10 – 11 am
Aikido
     
5 – 6 pm
Open training
(by appointment)
5 – 6 pm
Open training
(by appointment)
   
6 – 7 pm
Aikido
6 – 7 pm
Aikido
6 – 7 pm
Open training
(by appointment)
 
7 – 8 pm
Aikido
7 – 8 pm
Aikido
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.

Rates

Membership includes as many classes as you would like to attend. All dues are paid through an automatic payment system so please have a form of payment (credit card or checking account) with you when you join.

Adults: $125/month.  Students: $85/month.  There is a one-time $65 registration fee.

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 an incredible experience for anyone.

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