Please read and familiarize yourself with our dojo etiquette and guidelines prior to entering the dojo. Since we are a traditional Japanese martial arts school, many of the rules follow cultural guidelines and should be understood as such.
In our Western culture, we often tend to think of cleaning as a “chore”, as demeaning work performed by others. It is important to our training that we transcend such ideas. To see work that needs to be done and to do it is, in and of itself, a special kind of training. The development of character and humility is equally as important as refining technique. The responsibility to keep the dojo clean is a communal one and all members should make sure it is clean and presentable for those that come through our doors. In this way we have the sense of a fresh start for all of our training, and leave the dojo in a state that reflects our respect for what we are learning.
Testing requirements are handed down by the United States Aikido Federation, the governing body of Aikido in the United States and the liaison between Hombu Dojo (Japan’s headquarters.) As a dojo under the umbrella of the USAF, we follow their test requirements when passing Adult Kyu and Dan ranks. Ranks and certificates are NOT handled by our dojo–we send out applications after testing for approval. Kyu ranks are handled by the USAF, and Dan ranks are handled directly by Hombu Dojo.