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Welcome!

Visitors and new students are encouraged to join or observe classes. We are happy to have your energy, and enjoy having visitors! During covid, we have two sets of classes: outdoor for all students; and indoors for fully vaccinated students. For new students, your first class is free.

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Beginners

Monday & Wednessday at 6:15 PM we offer beginners focused classes exploring 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. For more information contact: info@aikidoofberkeley.com

How to Observe

Adults (16 and up) should come to one of the outdoor classes in Ohlone Park on Tuesday and Sunday. For children 12 and under, please come to one of the kids classes in the park on Tuesday and Thursday. For minors aged 13-15 we suggest watching both a kids class and an adults class to see which might be a more comfortable fit. Observers are not currently allowed in the dojo during indoor training.

What to Expect at Your First Class

Aikido is a deep martial art that involves much more 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, jo, bokken or tanto, bring them to class. If not that's fine, just wear comfortable clothes you can move in.

Weapons class in the park

How to Visit

  • If you wish to train indoors, please sign up below as a vaccinated student. Please drop your $20 mat fee for each class in the box to the left of the front door.
  • If you wish to train outdoors, simply print and sign the outdoor waiver and come to class. 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 respond and set your password.
  • Go to https://aikidoofberkeley.zenplanner.com 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.
  • Come to an outdoor class and give the waiver and cancelled check to the attending instructor.

Minors

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