Founder of Aikido
Introduction to Aikido
Maai Distance Drills
Maai Gap Drills
The Ki in Aikido
Words of O'Sensei
Aikido Dojo Etiquette
Proper observance of etiquette is as
much a part of your training as is learning techniques. Please take
the following guidelines seriously.
When entering or leaving the
dojo, it is proper to bow in the direction of O Sensei's
picture, the kamiza, or the front of the dojo. You should also
bow when entering or leaving the mat.
No shoes on the mat.
Be on time for class.If you do
happen to arrive late, sit quietly in seiza on the edge of the
mat until the instructor grants permission to join practice.
If you should have to leave the
mat or dojo for any reason during class, approach the instructor
and ask permission.
Avoid sitting on the mat with
your back to the picture of O Sensei or the kamiza. Also, do not
lean against the walls or sit with your legs stretched out.
(Either sit in seiza or cross- legged.)
Remove watches, rings and other
jewelry before practice.
Do not bring food, gum, or
beverages with you into the dojo.
Please keep your finger and toe
nails cut short.
Please keep talking during class
to a minimum. What conversation there is should be restricted to
one topic -- Aikido.
Carry out the directives of the
instructor PROMPTLY. Do not keep the rest of the class waiting
Do not engage in rough-housing or
needless contests of strength during class.
Keep your training uniform clean,
in good shape, and free of offensive odors.
Please pay your membership dues
promptly. If, for any reason, you are unable to pay your dues on
time, talk with the person in charge of dues collection.
Sometimes special rates are available for those experiencing
Do not change your clothes on the
Remember that you are here to
learn, and not to gratify your ego. An attitude of receptivity
and humility (though not obsequiousness) is therefore advised.
Preserve common-sense standards
of decency and respect at all times.
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