VANCOUVER WEST AIKIKAI
Aikido for Beginners
How do I begin practicing Aikido at Vancouver West Aikikai?
There are several ways you can start practicing Aikido with us:
What should I wear to practice?
Anyone wishing to start in the beginner class needs to wear appropriate attire:
What is the purpose of the beginners program?
The focus of the beginners classes is on Ukemi (receiving of techniques), Taisabaki (body movements) and Kihon Waza (fundamental techniques). The goal is to help new people to gain some basic skills that would enable them to continue their training at a more advanced level in our regular program.
Beginners will train and progress together each term (fall, winter, spring, and summer). Those who have practiced for at at least 60 days and are deemed ready by instructor will be encouraged to test for the 5th Kyu, the first rank in Aikido; more information on ranking and testing in Aikido can be found here.
How often should I practice?
Practice as much as you can! We offer beginners classes three times a week (Mon, Wed, Sun), and you will make the most progress if you practice three times a week. Aikido is a challenging martial art to master, and progress may be quite slow. Be ready for that and do not despair! It is normal. If you practice regularly, you will have small insights from time to time that will show you that you are on the right path. Also feel free to seek help and advice from more senior Aikido students who have been on this path longer than you. Everyone will be happy to help you!
What are the goals of Aikido practice?
Aikido uses the framework of martial art to help us become better individuals. It is impossible to get good at Aikido without opening up to the world and letting go of your ego. By practicing, you strive to unify your mind and your body, to make them operate as one unit, which improves your overall well-being.
Every Aikido practitioner has their own reasons for continuing practicing. Aikido is so rich that everyone will be able to find something that resonates with their personality and their desire for personal growth. The only condition is that you practice regularly and sincerely!
As Saotome Sensei, one of the students of O Sensei, said in his book The Principles of Aikido:
Want to know more?
Please contact us for more information about our Aikido program. Better still, just come to our dojo!