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WELCOME TO

KAISHUKAN AIKIDO DOJO

A Member Of

THE BRITISH AIKIDO FEDERATION

Under The Direction Of

Kanestuka Shihan (8th Dan Hombu)

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What do I need?

 

People new to Aikido are not expected to buy anything until they are certain that they intend to continue (maybe one or two months). For this time it is recommended to wear loose clothing such as track suit bottoms and a plain T-shirt (preferably white, and preferably long sleeved). The dojo does not take responsibility for any damage sustained to clothing. Please remember to remove jewellery, watches, rings, breakables, etc.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art so the appropriate clothing for lower ranks is a white keiko-gi (, often called a judo or karate suit). This suit should have no badges or markings; however it is permissible to have your name written in katakana on the left upper sleeve and the obi (). It is important to note that the jacket sleeves should not be rolled up during practice it is considered bad etiquette.

 

Footwear should be worn when not on the mat to preserve cleanliness of the tatami, zori or tabi are commonly worn off the mat though other footwear will suffice. Footwear should be left with the heels touching the mat while practicing. In the B.A.F. follows the traditional system of two belt colours for adults white for kyu grades, black for dan grades.

 

However in the B.A.F. juniors follow a colour belt system for their grades.

Females above rokkyu and males from Shodan are permitted to wear a hakama () the latter on top of their black belt. This is a pair of traditional Japanese skirt like trousers commonly worn in Japanese weapons arts.

As it is rooted in weapons practice it is common to bring practice weapons to the dojo. In particular Aikido uses bokken (wooden sword shaped like a katana), a jo (wooden staff) and a tanto (wooden knife). Some instructors have been known to use a shinai, or an iaito (for practicing the art of Iaido). If you do not possess weapons a dojo usually has spares to lend.

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