What To Expect
The class always starts with the formalities as explained in the section etiquette (reigi). This is followed by a selection of warm up exercises that are designed to complement our Aikido practice. The warm up will often lead on to tai-sabaki (body movement) exercises followed by ukemi (breakfalls) practice.
Thereafter no two classes are ever the same but the class is usually split into groups and each group will practice syllabus work or principles relevant to their level. However it is quite usual to mix the class sometimes so that everyone gets the opportunity to practice with different students of varying levels.
The latter part of the class may be dedicated to weapons training prior to a brief warm down with kokyu dosa (breath exercises) followed by a short zazen (seated meditation).
Aikido is as much about forming strong friendships and should always be enjoyable and fun!