Generally, we suggest that children as young as 8 may begin Aikido training. However, a younger child willing to concentrate, who tries to behave well and who works hard at their training will always be considered also.
There is no upper age limit at our school. Students are encouraged to train at their own pace and to progress at the best of their own ability in a way that does not lead to injury.
You do not need to be fit to start training. You do, however, need to always listen to your body and "know yourself" in order to avoid injury when embarking on any new physical regimen.
Stretching, walking and even moderate weight training are highly encouraged to complement your Aikido training.
Please come by the dojo (15th and E. Broadway) during one of our scheduled classes and observe a complete class. We ask everyone to watch a class before joining so they can get a feel for what the training is like.
If possible, please call ahead so we can expect to meet you:
There is no set schedule for rank graduations or belt promotions. After your minimum class requirements are met for your next rank, you will be evaluated during regular class time to establish your readiness. When you are ready, you will be offered the opportunity to test and will be generally given a week or 2-week notice unless you would like to wait longer.
If you wish to invite friends and family members to watch your test, they are very welcome and the pre-arrangement of your test day/time for this reason is always perfectly fine.
Yes, testing fees do apply for each adult rank and youth ranks other than 9th kyu. For youth students, expect $10 - $20 testing fes for most kyu ranks and for adults, $20-$40 for most kyu ranks. Dan ranks (blackbelt and above) fees are determined by the rates of our parent organization. Inquire at the dojo for more information on higher ranks.
All fees and tuition must be paid and current prior to testing.
Naturally, it is best to attend every class that we offer. However, this is not practical for most people due to work, home, and other obligations.
At the minimum, you should attend once a week. Again, we understand that times get busy and that you might be out of town for an extended period of time. In fact, our tuition is on a month-to-month basis... We offer the flexibility for you to stop and start from month to month if you are going to be gone for a while.
Students are always very welcome to return after a break!
Always remember why you wanted to start training! The difference between a white belt and a blackbelt is that the blackbelt didn't quit even when training became inconvenient or difficult.
Everyone is welcome to attend our annual Bismarck seminar with Yap Sensei. Naturally, SOME experience in Aikido is going to be helpful, but beginners are welcome to attend regardless. More advanced students should definitely plan on attending and helping out with our annual seminar.
Other dojos' seminars are available around the country (and world). Aikido Bismarck students are not restricted in any way from participating in any seminar of any style and with any teacher. However, proper etiquette is required. Please talk to Jason Sensei when planning to attending other seminars.
Classes are available for
kids ages 8-15y
adults (16 and older).
We hold practice at
16th and East Broadway Ave.,