Q & A

Q:  Should I have prior experience in Aikido or any of the martial arts before I start?

A:  No.  It is not necessary to have any prior martial arts experience.  We take all beginning students and pair them with an advanced student, usually a black belt, so that you receive on-on-one instruction beginning with the first class you attend.  Over time, you'll learn the basics and then gradually move into more advanced work.

Q:  How often should I attend class to train?

A:  We offer 3 beginner/intermediate classes in Aikido per week and we'd like to see you at every one of them.  You'll learn faster, progress faster, and be promoted faster.  However, with that said and with life being what it is with jobs, family, and the unanticipated things that keep you busy we recommend that you average two classes a week.  Pick two sessions that fit your schedule, put them in your calendar, and try to follow that calendaring.  Then, if the week works in your favor and it looks like you can make an extra class please do.  Remember that our monthly class fee is all inclusive and covers every class that we offer in the art that you are training in.

Q:  How long will it take to earn my black belt in Aikido?

A:  If you attend classes on a regular basis of 2 to 3 times a week then it should take about 2 1/2 to 3 years.  If you don't train very often and regularly skip classes then it will obviously take longer than that.  2 to 3 years is a pretty standard length of training time to make 1st degree black belt both in the US and in Japan.

Q:  Do you "require" students to attend a certain number of Aikido classes and training sessions?

A:  No.  There is no "requirement" per se but we definitely want you to train and progress so we encourage you to make as many sessions as your schedule may allow.

Q:  Do I have to train in Jodo and Aikido both?

A:  No.  Most of our Jodo players are also Aikido students but we have several Jodo players who train only in Jodo for example so you can do one art form and not the other.

Q.  Can I train in everything (Aikido, Judo, Jojutsu)?

A.  Yes but there are two caveats.  First, training in more than one martial art will of course increase the monthly class fee that you are billed for.  Second, we recommend that you start in one art and then after establishing a firm schedule you look at the second.  The issue is that unless your schedule is very flexible you may find yourself restricted on time meaning that you may not be able to spend enough time at any art form to progress.  Each takes a set amount of time in training before any progress will be seen.