New Students

Information for New & Prospective Students

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We are always accepting new students!

If you have never trained in Japanese martial arts before, what you see might be a bewildering blur of unfamiliar things.  Don’t worry.  We’re here to answer any questions you might have.  Other questions will come up in the process of your training; we’ll be happy to address those as they arise.

Prospective students are required to watch four full classes and pass interviews with senior dojo members before being allowed to join the dojo. This is both so that you can get to know us and we can get to know you. While instructors reserve the right to waive this requirement at any time if a senior dojo member personally vouches for you, we still recommend you observe classes so that you have at least some understanding of what you’re going to experience.

Don’t worry if you have no experience in Aikido, Judo, or other martial arts.  We do not assume that you have any of the particular set of skills we use.  In fact, we have a cogent, systematic manner of teaching beginners the basic skills they will need to allow them to work into the general class very quickly.

Japanese Terminology

You will encounter a fair bit of Japanese in the dojo.  Don’t let that scare you… we don’t require you to speak the language fluently.  You probably won’t even have to work very hard at it; you’ll just pick terms up as you encounter them.  To help you out, we’ve put some of our more commonly-used terminology on the website in the Language section.  A more full glossary of terms is available in the back of the Green Book you’ll get, should you decide to join.


Every social environment has its own culture and etiquette.  Please make sure to familiarize yourself with our primer on dojo etiquette before you visit.