Some useful things to know about a class

  • Beginners are always welcome at Aikido, we all had to start at some point

  • Most Aikido training is with a partner. If you are new to Aikido, your partner will help you through the technique

  • You do not have to be fit to start Aikido, but the instructor should be told if you have any medical condition or disability

  • Correct clothing for Aikido is a white judo or karate suit. We do not expect beginners to have this – come in clothes that allow you to move freely

  • The UKA awards grades, but adults do not show their grades by wearing coloured belts: someone wearing a white belt could be a complete novice, or a few weeks away from being awarded a black belt

  • No jewellery may be worn when practicing

  • Aikido is rooted in Japanese tradition, so some of the things we do can seem strange at first

  • Shoes are never worn on the mat, but are put on as we step off the mat to keep our feet (and the mat) clean. Traditional Japanese homes did not have western-style chairs or beds, so people sat and slept on the floor. It was important to keep the floor clean at all times

  • We follow traditional Japanese etiquette. Don’t worry about it – just copy everyone else until you pick it up

  • For insurance purposes, you need to join the UKA after two classes

Aikido – Whats in it for you?

There are many benefits of practicing Aikido.

  • Stretching akin to yoga exercises

  • Non-competitive training

  • Develops coordination

  • Breathing exercises

  • Traditional martial art with true martial value of self-development

  • Teaching syllabus includes use of bokken (wooden sword) and Jo (staff)

  • Body conditioning, movement and overall fitness

  • Relief from stress and enhancement of well-being

  • Self-defence and martial art prowess

  • Core values: Respect, Discipline, Self-development, Honesty, Perseverance

UKA Grading Syllabus