Kokikai is "softer" and uses less force. It is more fluid and dancelike. We recommend that you try out both clubs and see which one fits better with your personality and interests.
NO! You don't have to know anything. You do not have to be in shape or have had any physical training. All you need is enthusiasm and interest. As you practice, you will become more flexible, stronger, more coordinated, balanced, and comfortable with the way the human body moves.
Just come in track pants and a t-shirt or longsleeved sweatshirt. Please remove all jewelry including necklaces and large earrings. Simple wedding bands and small earrings are okay. You may want to invest in a Gi (uniform) if you intend to continue. These cost $35-45 and last for ever.
We charge $20 per semester. That makes us the least expensive martial arts club on campus. If you have been practicing for a while and want to be tested/join the International Aikido Federation there is a one time $20 fee. Each belt test costs $25-35 to start.
Testing depends upon individual attendance and progress. There are minimum time and attendance requirements. You are not tested very often. If you practice regularly expect to be tested twice in your first year. After that you will probably be tested only once a year.
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Updated Sept 13, 1999