Frequently Asked Questions
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art which emphasises joint manipulation, throws, and weapon work, namely the sword and staff. The style we practise at Loughborough does not involve competition.
How much does it cost?
In addition to the clubs and societies fee, you will need to pay an extra £15 to join the Aikido club. For this you will get tuition at our twice weekly sessions, six months membership of the Institute of Aikido, insurance, a practice suit (Keikogi), and you may be graded at no extra expense. After six months you will need to pay an extra £15 to renew your membership of the Institute of Aikido. If you compare this with external prices, where tuition alone can often cost £5 per session, then this has to be a bargain.
What should I wear?
Any loose clothing is OK for your first classes. If you join us then we will provide you with a karate style practice suit as part of your joining fee.
How fit do I need to be?
Anyone can benefit from Aikido training. The style of practice means that you can take things at your own pace and gradually improve your fitness.
Is Aikido effective as self-defence ?
The answer to this is yes BUT… don’t expect instant results. Like many martial arts, Aikido takes time to learn properly.
What ‘style’ of Aikido do you practice?
We practice Aikikai or ‘Hombu’ style Aikido. However, we have great respect for other styles such as Shodokan (Tomiki) style, Yoshinkan and Ki Aikido. If you have trained in any style of Aikido before then come along and give us a try. You will find an open mind and a warm welcome.
Does the club hold gradings?
Yes, Aikido operates the kyu/dan grading system common to many martial arts. We also have a coloured belt system similar to that of Judo (white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, black). Gradings up to blue belt are held within the club, outside senior instructors are invited to validate gradings at brown belt level and black belt gradings are held at national courses. Male dan grades are entitled to wear hakama (black culotte style trousers) .