Choosing the right dojo for your Aikido training

AikidoChoosing the right dojo for training is crucial to getting the most out of your Aikido journey, from an enjoyment and quality of training point of view.
The key thing to remember is that you are allowed to ask questions. In fact, question EVERYTHING!
You need to be comfortable that, first of all, Aikido is the right martial art for you, and secondly, that the people you are training with have the same philosophy and training ethic that you are looking for.

Remember that learning a martial art is normally a long term commitment, so the right training environment is important.

Here are a few things you can ask yourself to help you decide if a particular dojo has what you are looking for:

  • Are the people you see training sincere?
  • Are they sleazy?
  • Are they overtly competitive?
  • Are they happy?
  • Are they enjoying themselves?
  • Are they brutal?
  • Do they talk too much?
  • Are they focused on what they are doing?
  • Are they caring?
  • Do they look safe or slovenly?
  • How is the appearance of the dojo?
  • What is the condition of the mats?
  • Is healthy humor present?
  • Or inappropriate levity?
  • Are people intense or merely angry?
  • Is the training kind or cruel?

These questions come from recent article on the Aikido Journal website, written by Nev Sagiba. He summed up this topic beautifully and gives some great advice on how to find the right dojo for you! Read the full article here.

We at Takemusu Aikido South Africa, take our training and our martial art seriously, but there is room for fun too!
Our training strictly adheres to the Traditional Aikido that the Founder, O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, taught in Iwama.

If you would like to find out more about training at our dojo, please email info@aikido.za.net and we will send you more information, or you can fill in the membership form below.


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About Takemusu Aikido South Africa

The Takemusu Aikido Association South Africa (TAASA), formally Iwama Ryu™ South Africa, is a free group of black-belted practitioners of Aikido based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our aim is to promote and spread the traditional teaching method of Morihiro Saito Sensei, direct student of the Founder of Aikido, to all communities in South Africa.