A Typical Class

First the mats are rolled out and the kamidana set-up, then...
bow in Sitting seiza, we bow in unison to the kamidana. Then sensei turns to the class and all bow again. This is a traditional Japanese custom to show respect, but has no religious connotation.

stretching We stretch to loosen the body and prepare ourselves for the exercises to come. This includes basic stretches of the legs, arms, and body, as well as Aikido-specific stretches of the wrists.

hitori waza One person techniques. These are often the basis for techniques we do, and sometimes involve breathing exercises. Usually involves rolling practice. Could be considered an extension of stretching.

kumi waza Partner techniques. Techniques are demonstrated and discussed before the class as a whole practices them. Asking questions during a demonstration is encouraged. Several techniques may be practiced each session.

breathing Breathing techniques are used to calm the individual and bring focus to the mind and the days activities.

bow out Sitting seiza we bow to the kamidana and sensei again, then gather in a circle and bow to each other to show respect and thanks to our partners. While in circle is the time to ask questions, get more details about a technique, and hear club announcements.

                          ~ O-Sensei

Visiting Central Aikido
Aikido of Rolla is affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation as a extension of Central Aikido. Once a month Holmes Sensei travels to the home dojo and trains with them. All club members are welcome to go, and if you wish to join the carpool contact her. If you go, keep these things in mind:
    Read the Student Handbook thoroughly. If you have questions, ask.
   Classes at Central Aikido move at a faster pace, with fewer distractions. Expect to spend the better part of two hours performing constant activity. Eat appropriately before hand, and drink plenty of water.
    While it is not required with us, if you are planning to make regular Sunday classes, you will need to buy a gi. If you are planning to take a kyu test, you will be required to have a gi.
    Ladies 6th kyu and higher may also want a hakama.
    Aikidoka wear judo gi, but karate gi are acceptable. Only white gi are appropriate (bleached or unbleached). Shirts worn under the gi should be plain white. Unless you have earned a black belt in Aikido, do not wear one to the dojo. Only women and those who may teach wear hakama.
    As outlined in the student handbook, bowing is proper and appropriate, but it can be difficult to remember when to bow. When in doubt, bow.

Aikido of Rolla    Gale Bullman Multipurpose Building, S&T, Rolla MO, 65409    rolla@centralaikido.org