New students and visitors are encouraged to try or observe a class. We are happy to have you join us!

Adult Beginners

Monday & Wednesday beginner-focused classes explore basic techniques, ukemi (safe falling), and body movement. Beginning students are welcome to attend most of our classes, but Monday and Wednesday evenings are highly recommended. If you choose to attend advanced classes, you will work with advanced students and instructors and will be very well taken care of. The only two classes new students cannot attend immediately upon registering are the Friday noon class (6th kyu and above) and the advanced class on Thursday mornings (3rd kyu and above). 

How to Observe or Take a Class as a Visitor

If you wish to observe or practice as a guest, sign up below. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Plan to come about 15 minutes early, so we can meet and welcome you
  2. Sign a waiver (online for adults) or you can sign a printed one when you come in
  3. If practicing, please drop your $20 mat fee in the wooden box to the left of the front door.

That’s it, you’re ready to go!

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.

We look forward to seeing you!