This is the easy part!

Simply set aside some time and come to the Devonport Aikido dojo  on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evening during the school term. Arrive about 15 minutes before class. We will be there to welcome you and show you the ropes. Plus, your first three classes are free!

 Class

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

 Juniors (7–12yrs)

5:30pm – 6:30pm

5:30pm – 6:30pm

5:30pm – 6:30pm

 Young Adults (11–13yrs)

6:30pm – 7:30pm*

 Adults (13 yrs +)

6:30pm – 7:30pm

6:30pm – 7:30pm

School terms

The dojo is open for training between the following dates in 2019:

Term 1:  04 Feb – 12 Apr     Term 2:  29 Apr – 05 Jul     Term 3:  22 Jul – 27 Sep     Term 4:  14 Oct – 12 Dec

What age can I start?

We encourage Juniors to consider starting Aikido training from seven years old.  We have found that most students under seven, find the training in Aikido too challenging. However, we understand that every child is different in their physical and emotional development, so even if they are under 7 years of age, bring them along to see if they enjoy the training and can manage being in the class.  We will usually figure out if Aikido is for them or not in the free introductory classes.

From 11 years of age we encourage our students to join the additional Young Adults class. This provides a transition class as they move into adult training and grading. From 13 years of age, our Juniors should begin to transition into the adults class as they can begin to grade as an adult from this age.

What to wear

It is best to wear loose training gear. Sweat pants and a long sleeve top (a Rugby shirt or sweatshirt is fine).  Be prepared to train without your jewelery. We train without earrings, watches, rings and necklaces in clean, bare feet. (This is for safety and comfort). If you already have a dogi (training uniform) from another martial art or club, please feel free to wear it.

How long is a class?

Classes are one hour in length and generally start with light warm-ups and stretching.  After the warm-up you will begin to learn how to break fall (ukemi).
You will be shown dojo etiquette and soon the instructor will demonstrate an exercise or self-defense technique.  You will get to practice the techniques that you are shown with a partner from your first class.  The class finishes with light warm-downs and stretches.

Interested in getting started right away?  Try our Beginners Starter Pack Special