Aikido classes are conducted at the Japan Information & Culture Centre every Tuesday & Thursday except during embassy holidays. The details for the class are as follows:
Frequently Asked Questions1. Are there any requirements for one to join the aikido class?
There’s actually no physical requirement for one to join the aikido class. One of the main goals of aikido is to adapt oneself to our partner whatever the age, size, gender, or technical rank he may have. In the light of this, competition which glorifies the winner has no place in aikido. Students should use their skills for mutual enhancement.
However a new student should check with his/her doctor to ensure that he/she doesn’t have a medical condition to stop him/her from practicing martial arts, more specifically aikido.
2. Is any past experience needed for one to join the class?
No past experience is needed. However, the new student should not reduce Aikido to the short term learning of some self-defense tricks. He has to consider aikido as a long term commitment to a path (“Do” in Japanese) which means a constant research of improving himself technically, physically, mentally, and relational.
3. Is the aikido class open to adults and children alike?
Not really. The aikido class is an adult class. While the class is not suitable for younger children, older children may be able to keep up with the training.