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Boulder Aikikai was established by Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei in 1980 for the study of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Boulder Aikikai is a federal non-profit educational organization and welcomes all students who can safely participate in our programs.
West Seattle Aikikai is associated with Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan, through Aikido Shimbokukai.The Chief Instructor is Darren McKee Sensei, who began his Aikido training in 1980. He has been teaching Aikido since 1982, when he was asked to take over responsibility for the Cal Poly Pomona Aikido Club.
Some Common Asked Questions:
1. What does "Jiai" mean and how do you say it? Pronounced "Gee eye" - Japanese for "affection / kindness".
2. What should I wear? For your first class you can wear sweatpants and a t-shirt or something similar. Shorts are not recommended as you will be kneeling during class. With your enrollment in an Introductory Package you'll receive a keiko gi (training uniform) and instructions on caring for it and wearing it. Hakama may be worn by all students with good ukemi skills.
3. What classes should I go to? The Introductory Package includes either two or three months of all classes. The Foundations/Basics and Private classes are the most important classes when you first begin.
4. I can't make all of the Foundations/Basics Classes, what should I do? Regular attendance is very important, especially in the beginning, to your growth in Aikido. Occasional absences are ok, but regular or extended absence should be discussed with the Dojo Cho, Strada Sensei.
5. Where should I park? If you're coming by to check out the dojo you're welcome to use one of the two visitor parking spots directly in front of the dojo. Regular students should park in the rear and enter through the rear door.
6. Am I too old/young/weak/inflexible for Aikido? Aikido is practiced by people of all ages and builds, male and female. Waiting to get into shape or gain flexibility before starting class is not necessary. You will never be pushed to do something beyond your physical abilities.
7. I have an injury, can I still do Aikido? It is possibly to train with many types of injuries. Please discuss your situation with an instructor for advice.
8. What should I call the teacher? All instructors, when teaching class, should be addressed as "Sensei: (literally, "one who has gone before").
9. I'd like to know more about tests, Japanese terms, or etiquette. We will be happy to help you with these through the course of your training. This information is also available in the video links which you may download from our YouTube site.
10. What's with the skirt/dress some students wear? The hakama is a traditional Japanese garment worn by the samurai. Aikido students in our organization generally begin wearing it after their first couple tests.
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