How do I get started?
Getting Started is easy. The first step is to schedule an intro session. We currently are offering a few choices. You can do a private intro for $29 that includes a 3/4 hour private lesson and a group class or one month unlimited classes with a uniform for $79 both designed to make it easy for
you to learn about our dojo and the practice.
Can I really do aikido?
Yes. If you can walk up and down a flight of stairs , you can do aikido.We teach the beginner three basic techniques from which the art of aikido is derived. Our approach helps you to build a foundation that will give you clear direction in meeting your practice goals.
What if I am out of shape and uncoordinated?
Compassion is at the heart of aikido practice. At Aikido of Maine we know what it is like to be a beginner. We’ve all been there. Everyone makes progress at a different pace. Our approach allows you to learn at your own pace and take the next step only when you are ready.
How much does it cost to be an adult member of Aikido of Maine?
Dues are $119-$110 a month for unlimited practice. There is a $50 registration fee.The uniforms cost from $45 – $60. Our best deals reward commitment. Join for 3 months and we will give you a 50% discount on a uniform and include the $50 registration fee. Join for 6 months and we will waive the registration fee and give you a free uniform, we will also lower monthly membership. This is outlined on our pricing page. We also offer an excellent family discount program that makes it even easier to fit aikido into your budget. Some financial assistance is available and we do what we can to help people train when there is need of some help to make training accessible to all.
How long will it take to learn aikido?
The time it takes to learn aikido depends on how proficient you would like to become. After your very first class you will know how to blend with an attack, do a basic meditation technique and you will have taken a significant step towards physical fitness and clarity of mind. To become a black belt takes on average 5 years..
If I am busy how can I fit aikido into my life?
We have a flexible schedule and are happy to work out a training plan with you.
How often should I practice?
Most people see steady improvement practicing 2 or 3 times per week. The more you practice, the greater the benefits to your health, ability to focus and self-defense. If you can practice every day, you will make faster progress. Practice as often as you can.
How does rank work for adults?
Our dojo uses a 7 kyu level testing process before black belt and there are then levels of black belt. Your first test in our dojo (7th kyu) would occur after about a month of training . For ?6th kyu – 1st kyu we follow the guidelines set out by in the training hand book of our national organization, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba . Black belt levels requirements are international and specified by Japan and also listed in the handbook. To learn more check out ASU members HANDBOOK .
Is aikido about learning to fight?
No. While you will gain practical self-defense skills, the main goal of aikido is to bring compassion, sincerity and self-scrutiny into all your daily interactions. Aikido training promotes health, self-reflection and personal empowerment. In aikido you become the person that nobody wants to attack.
Do you practice weapons?
Yes we use the sword and staff and knife.
What kind of Aikido do you practice?
I asked a teacher this question once and got the answer Aikido is Aikido. While this is true there are viewpoints and teaching influences that affect the practice in individual dojos. Our Dojo lineage and influences are outlined here.
The bestway to get a feel for our approach is to come and train with us.