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How Do I Get Started?

Aikido Orlando Dojo practice

Welcome!

Whether you're brand new to the martial arts or looking for a new place to practice, taking your first step can be filled with uncertainty and tension. Aikido practice is a path of continual learning and growth, therefore it is not a commitment to be taken lightly. Please accept our open invitation to visit and experience our unique practice.

What do I need to get started?

All you need is willgness to try...

We would like you to try a class before you join the dojo. Aikido is a commitment and we would like to provide you with information and experience to enable you to make a best decision for you. Only you know if Aikido is right for you at this time in your life.

Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Although you are welcome to purchase a training uniform (gi), it is not required to begin training. If you wish to buy a gi, they are available for purchase at the dojo. A gi is recommended for students planing to continue Aikido long term. Please remove all jewelry before class.

As a newcomer to Aikido, relax and enjoy beginner's mind. This is a special time, when you will be presented with and attempt to digest a huge amount of new information for the body, mind and spirit. It is normal to feel awkward and uncoordinated in the beginning. Aikido looks simple and self-evident. However, it takes time and practice to integrate the new information into your body. In a short time the movements will begin to become familiar, the body more flexible, the thinking process less rigid and reactive, and the rolls rounder. Aikido is available to all who persevere. Training gives us an opportunity to move beyond what we thought were our limits and explore the part of ourselves that has an unknown potential.

Joining the Dojo

Upon visiting and watching or participating in a class, you will have the option to enroll. If you decide to join our dojo, one of our instructrors will assist you with the enrolment. The initial training will introduce you to the basics of the art, get you familiar with the etiquette and formalities. First and foremost, we want students who discover a passion for Aikido and want to practice it sincerely.  If you enjoy your training, and we know you will, you can continue your training by participating in as many classess as we offer. With seventeen classes each week, our curriculum is designed to fit your busy schedule. And since we are a traditional dojo, we don't require contracts, or ask that you commit to an initial term of membership.

Contact Us

We encourage you to contact us via our Contact Page or by telephone at (407) 284-9598. We can provide you additional information (not already on this site) or set up a visit with you so you can watch a class. We'll make sure that a member will take time to meet and greet you, as well as provide you information about the dojo. Rest assured that The Aikido Orlando Dojo is not an "aggressive sales" martial art school. Our founding members built this dojo in order to practice and spread the art.  

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you!

Map to Dojo

Dojo Address

The Shoppes at Howell Branch
3764 Howell Branch Road
Winter Park, FL 32792

Dojo Phone: (407) 284-9598
E-mail: info@aikiorlando.com


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