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Adult Classes

Adult Membership Ages 16 and older

Membership process

  1. Visit the dojo to observe a class, You can speak to a dojo member and ask any questions concerning the dojo, aikido, membership and dojo rules. 

  2. If you wish to take a free Intro Class or a free Regular Class, please sign up using the link on the "Visit/Contact Us" page.

  3. We will go over the following with you:

  4. Pay membership dues.

Note: Younger ages will be considered by chief instructor with prior martial arts experience and discussion with family


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.



Where can I buy a gi (uniform)?

They are available over the internet and at several locations in New York City – Instructors will assist you in selecting an appropriate uniform. 

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

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