What the beginning student should know
This section contains useful information for the beginning student so they will
know what to expect when they arrive at class.
- Punctuality: The class is going to start at 7:00 PM sharp. Please
try to arrive a few minutes early so that you may begin stretching out and be ready
to help put down the mats when class starts.
- Uniforms and Clothing: Wear something comfortable and loose but no
shorts. Since we will be tumbling on the mats, you will want some type of
protection for your legs. Sweats or loose pants are OK. Make sure it
is something you can stretch in. If you want, you can purchase a uniform later.
The facility has a dressing room for you to change clothes in if you wish to bring
a change of clean clothes.
- Students visiting from other dojos: In keeping with Japanese tradition,
all visiting students are asked to wear a white belt when visiting the class.
Also, our students do not wear a hakama until a certain rank is attained.
- Try before you buy: If you are unsure whether you want to sign up,
come by for a free trial class.
- Association Fees: If you continue to practice on a regular basis, you
will be required to join Wadokai Aikido. Wadokai is the organization that
certifies our rank and is headed by Sensei Suenaka in Charleston, SC. Wadokai
Association fees are $25 Sign up fee and $45/Year maintenance fee.
- Student Notebook: When you sign up for classes, you will receive a
student notebook which will help you with more of the detail of the class.
- Safe Practice: We will be doing exercises, tumbling, and techniques
that are at some points advanced. Beginning students do not need, and are
not expected to perform at this level. All students are encouraged to increase
their skills gradually to avoid injuries.
If you have any questions in addition to these, please feel free to contact the
Our School Motto
"Let us have a universal spirit that loves and protects all creation an helps all
things grow and develop. To unify mind and body and to become one with the
universe is the ultimate purpose of my study"