Aikido is a Martial Art and should be taken seriously. We still have fun but there are a few things you should remember and adhere to while training:
- When entering or leaving the dojo bow in and out
- Always wear something on your feet right up to the mat – Don’t walk bare footed from the changing rooms or toilets as this can transfer germs onto the mats.
- Ensure your finger and toe nails are always cut short – nobody wants to get cuts and scratches because of you.
- Never wear jewellery while training.
- Warm-up and down properly – your body should be prepared for your aikido training.
- Make sure you dogi is clean.
- Mind your surrounds – some dojos are small and the mats are close to the walls.
- Pay attention you instructor and fellow training partners.
- Don’t chit-chat during the class – you’re there to learn and practice your aikido, you can catch up on gossip in the pub.
- Thank your training partner with you after every practice.
- Leave your stresses and any aggression at the door.
- If you don’t understand something, ask your instructor or senior grades.
…and most of all, Enjoy your training!