Adult Membership Ages 16 and older
Updated Membership process
Visit the dojo and speak to a dojo member. You can ask them any questions concerning the dojo, aikido, membership and dojo rules and regulations. During this time they will go over the following with you (which you have already read in the contact information form above :
Dojo rules and regulations, including etiquette and personal hygiene
Beginner’s Bill of Rights (safety issues, etc.)
Pay membership dues (Please note dojo membership is activated once membership dues are paid)
General Dues $150/month
General Dues (AAC) $135/month
Full-Time Students (enrolled in an accredited 4-year program) $100
When Do I start?
When you’re ready to join, have filled out your paperwork, observed classes and met with an instructor, simply show up ready to train. For beginners, all you need is a white judo or karate gi.
Your First Class
We teach Aikido not as a tiered curriculum, but as a continuing flow of practice. We welcome beginners to join our regular classes. You start when you feel ready, and simply do the techniques with an open and attentive spirit. It is our experience that the new student can advance in a short period of time by simply jumping in and getting their feet wet. The more advanced students are sincerely interested in helping you and will work with you at your own pace and level. Please do not feel you are hampering anyone's progress as a beginner. Sharing knowledge is important to more advanced students’ progress and development. Relax, and approach your training with an open mind and sense of enjoyment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where can I buy a gi (uniform)?
They are available over the internet and at several locations in New York City – Instructors will assist parents in selecting an appropriate uniform for the Youth classes.
What classes should I observe?
We recommend adult visitors without prior aikido experience observe a “Basics” class. These are taught every weekday at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. See our Schedule for detailed information.
I am out of shape and/or have never taken martial arts classes before. Is it a good idea for me to try aikido?
Aikido is open to students of all skill levels. Some classes may be physically rigorous. As with all exercise programs, please consult a medical professional prior to starting your aikido training. We offer a free Intro to Aikido (Aikido 101) class that provides a basic overview to our practice by allowing visitors to practice some simple techniques. Beginners are welcome in all of the classes, or can start with our Basics classes, which introduce new practitioners to the building blocks of Aikido.
How long does it take to earn a black belt?
Aikido offers progressive ranking, with the first test offered at the 6th kyu level, moving up to the 1st kyu level, and then to first degree black belt. For more details, see Testing at Bond Street. Each individual learns and progresses at his or her own pace. New members typically take their 6th kyu test within 6-9 months of beginning. Black best tests may follow anywhere from 4 to 7 years later. Your focus, ability to train regularly, and physical stamina all affect your individual progress; however, physical strength and stamina are not the most important part of your practice.
Thank you for your interest in Bond Street Dojo