DISCOVER AIKIDO: How to get started

OBSERVE A CLASS
Aikido classes are held every day of the week. We welcome you to observe a class during the following hours: Mon-Fri 7-8 am / 6:30-7:30 pm, Sat & Sun 10:30 - 11:45 am.

TRY A FREE AIKIDO CLASS
You can book a free session on Saturday or Sunday at 10:30 am. You don't need any martial art experience or be physically fit to try. We recommend that you wear exercise clothes such as sweatpants and a loose t-shirt (No skin-tight yoga attire, please!) and arrive 10 minutes early. Reserve your class now »

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
You can sign-up at any time during the year. Simply show up at the dojo when you are ready to start. Find out which aikido membership package works best for you »

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR FIRST AIKIDO CLASS

BEGINNING OF CLASS
You will sit with other members in seiza (legs folded underneath thighs, buttocks on heels) or cross-legged in a lined formation. The class will officially begin when everyone bows towards the kamiza (place of honor, front of the dojo) and then to the instructor (Sensei). Bowing is a gesture rooted in Japanese culture and performed as an expression of respect for the art, the dojo, and one another. It is proper etiquette that in part signifies awareness of surroundings and one’s readiness to begin practice. Learn more about the dojo etiquette »

AIKIDO WARM-UPS
After bowing in, there will be a 10-minute basic warm-up consisting of breathing exercises and stretching. Afterward, you will learn how to do basic footwork, as well as how to execute a forward and backward roll. This is an essential skill that we refer to as ukemi, the art of falling safely.

LEARNING UKEMI 
Falling gently and safely is one of the first skills you will learn at your own pace. Half of the Aikido practice focuses on applying a technique, while the other involves receiving it, often by falling or rolling. Developing good ukemi skills allows one to receive an Aikido technique safely. It conditions and develops strong muscles, and substantially contributes to one’s progression in understanding the art. 

BASIC TECHNIQUES
You will then learn a couple of basic Aikido movements by practicing with a senior partner and take turns safely applying and receiving the techniques. The class will last about 1 hour and will end with everyone bowing out.


DOJO FACILITIES
• Bright, spacious studio
• Separate changing rooms and showers
• Free WIFI
• Municipal parking nearby
• Located a 10-minute walking distance from the White Plains Metro-North station