New students and visitors are encouraged to try or observe a class. We are happy to have you join us! During COVID, we have two sets of classes: outdoor for all students; and indoors for fully vaccinated adults. For first time Aikido students, your first class is free!

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Monday & Wednessday beginner-focused classes explore basic techniques, ukemi (safe falling), and body movement. Beginning students are welcome to attend any of our classes, but Monday and Wednesday evenings are highly recommended.

Children's Classes

Currently, the kids’ classes are held outdoors at Ohlone Park at the corner of California St. and Hearst Ave. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Kids’ classes are open for ages 7-14. For teens, ages 13-15, we suggest watching both a kids class and an adults class to see which might be a more comfortable fit.

How to Observe or Take a Class as a Visitor

  • If you wish to observe or practice indoors, sign up below as a vaccinated student. If practicing, please drop your $20 mat fee for each class in the box to the left of the front door.
  • If you wish to observe or practice outdoors, simply print and sign the outdoor waiver and come to class. If practicing, please give your signed waiver and $20 mat fee to the attending instructor.

How to sign up if you are Vaccinated

  • Fill out the registration form.
  • Email a photo of your CDC card with your name to info@aikidoofberkeley.com.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from zenplanner.com. Please follow the directions and set your password.
  • Go to https://aikidoofberkeley.zenplanner.com, log in to Zen Planner, and digitally sign the online waiver.
  • Cancel (void) a check or deposit slip for automatic dues payment and drop in the “Mat Fee” box to your left when you enter the dojo.

How to sign up if you are NOT Vaccinated

  • Fill out the registration form.
  • Print and sign the outdoor waiver.
  • Cancel (void) a check or deposit slip for automatic dues payment and give to Sensei (our chief instructor).
  • Come to an outdoor class and give the waiver and cancelled check to the attending instructor (if Sensei is not present).


Follow the instructions above for indoor or outdoor training. For vaccinated minors wishing to train indoors, please print and sign the indoor waiver as a parent or guardian.

What to Expect at Your First Class

Aikido is a deep martial art that involves much more than self-defense. It includes stretching, breathing, philosophy, meditation, awareness, connection, balance, and moving from center. Anyone can study Aikido, regardless of physical skill or previous experience in athletics or other martial arts. If you have a gi (uniform) jo, bokken or tanto, bring them to class. If not that's fine, just wear comfortable clothes you can move in.

Please see our class schedule and email us at info@aikidoofberkeley.com if you have any questions or need more information.