Because Aikido as a martial art does not rely on physical strength, it is suitable for children and adults alike, male and female. The current age group within the Institute of Aikido ranges from 8 to 55, and in the past we have had students in their 60’s. The technical director of our organisation world-wide, Sensei H. W. Foster is was still teaching into his 80’s.
The Traditional Aikido system taught within our organisation provides a clear structure to introduce beginners to the art, and manage their progression through to black belt and beyond. With regular training most students sit their black belt examination within 4-5 years. Both our dojos (training halls) have state-of-the-art matting for safety, and our senior instructor is a qualified sports coach and is well respected with over 20 years experience.
The practice environment is mutually supportive and everyone helps each other to get the most they can from their training. Our youth academy is one of the most successful in Auckland and new kids (8-15 years) are always welcome to come along and train with the regular Tuesday and Thursday groups.
So What do I do to get started?
Simply pop along to the dojo on a training night, and meet the instructors. They will explain basic etiquette to you and make you feel at home. You are more than welcome to sit and watch a class, or if you prefer, join in – you will be well looked after. We accept that everyone learns at their own pace so you will not be expected to try anything new that may be outside of your comfort zone!
What do I wear?
If you have a Judo / Aikido / Karate gi (training suit) then please of course wear it, if not please wear loose fitting comfortable clothing (jog pants and a long-sleeved sweat shirt is ideal). Ensure that you remove all jewelery, watches, keys from your pocket etc before going on the mat. If after a few session you decide to commit to training, the club can provide you with a training suit.
Can we train together as a family?
Yes – of course! In fact we encourage Mums and Dads to get involved with their kid’s training. Adults and children learn in different ways and therefore we have a strict rule that the youth classes are specifically structured so the younger members get the most from their Aikido training. We do have a few adults that regularly join in with these sessions (although they are normally ‘banished” to one end of the mat), and no-one seems to mind training in the more ‘playful” atmosphere! There is also an “all ages” class on Sunday mornings at the Silverdale dojo from 9 – 10.30am, beginners welcome!
Feel free to call 09 421 1202 or 0223 201 202 and talk to our senior instructor Dunken Francis, who will be happy to answer any further questions you may have. Silverdale Okura orewa north shore