Trial Class

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a traditional Japanese Martial Art with roots in Japanese sword and short staff work. It is a great form of exercise–improving flexibility, coordination, balance, and overall mental and physical well being. Get in shape while having fun and learning new skills, such as sword work, rolling, and falling safely in a cooperative training environment. Take a look at our Instagram page for videos of what we do and then read on below to see how you can take two free trial classes.

How to get started with your two free trial classes:

We understand that it can be a daunting task to dive into a new activity so we believe a free trial lesson is the best way to see and experience the benefits of our school. No matter your age or fitness level, our instructors will work to make sure you have a fun and rewarding class. No uniform or previous experience is needed.

1. Choose from one of our 11 weekly scheduled classes on our schedule page hereYou can also choose to try Iaido.

2. Although an appointment is not necessary, you can call to let us know you’re coming (877-AIKIKAI) or you can fill out a form by following the link below.


3. Wear something that covers your knees and elbows and that’s easy to move around in! We recommend sweatpants and a thin, long sleeved shirt. No socks on the mat, please–we don’t want anyone slipping and sliding.

4. Arrive about 20 minutes before the class of your choice starts so you can fill out our waiver form and meet the instructor. However, you can save some time if you complete and submit our online waiver form. Feel free to bring any questions you may have!

5. Take the class, and if you like it, great! We highly recommend you take the 2nd free trial class as well, just to be extra sure it is something you would like to do. If you didn’t enjoy your first class, we still recommend you take the second one, but with a different instructor–you may find one teaching style suits you better than another. If you still find that Aikido is not for you, that’s okay, you tried something new and that counts for everything! We hope that you enjoy whatever you end up doing and am glad you gave us a try.


I loved the trial class and want to sign up! What now?

1. Awesome! We’re glad you found it enjoyable! If you decide you’d like to move forward and sign up with us, you can pay for unlimited classes monthly (our fees can be found here) with a credit card to the dojocho (who is in class Tuesday nights, Wednesday mornings, Friday nights, and Saturday and Sunday mornings), or remit a check made out to Long Island Aikikai/cash in an envelope labeled with your name to any of our instructors. A student ID card will be provided to you for signing in to class.

2. Ask us about the current discounts we’re running! We have discounts for veterans, students, law enforcement, volunteer firefighters and emergency respondants, and seasonal coupons. Not sure if you want to be thrown into the regular Aikido curriculum? Sign up for our 5 week Introduction to Aikido course for $59 (includes a free dogi), held quarterly, and designed to provide new students with a strong beginner’s base in Japanese culture, dojo traditions, and armed and unarmed Aikido practice.

3. You can either purchase a white judogi (the basic uniform) from us, which includes a top, pants, and belt, or you can source your own online. We occasionally have weapons (bokken which is the traditional wooden practice sword, and jo, which is the wooden short staff) for sale as well, and if not, can point you in a direction where you can purchase your own set.

4. If you have done Aikido before and would like to transfer your information to our dojo, please let the dojocho know at your earliest convenience. We would simply need your previous dojo’s name and contact information to do so.