FAQ

What is aikido?
How is aikido different from other martial arts?
What cultural tradition does aikido come from?
What weapons are used in aikido?
How safe is aikido?
What is the difference between basic, general, and advanced aikido classes?
How old does my child have to be before I can enroll them in aikido?
Where can I get uniforms and equipment?
How do belt colors/student rank work in aikido?
How does testing work in aikido?
Can I watch the aikido classes?
Do you ever have any special events?
Is Aikido of Northwest Kansas affiliated with any other dojos or organizations?

What is aikido?

Aikido is a physical art, a philosophy and a budo (or martial way).

How is aikido different from other martial arts?

Traditional Aikido is non-competitive and promotions do not come through besting an opponent, but through demonstrating understanding of basic exercises and techniques, which become more demanding or difficult as rank increases. In Aikido we strive to work in cooperation with a partner, still employing effective technique against an energetic and realistic attack, yet doing so by blending with the attack and redirecting its energy back to the attacker.

What cultural tradition does aikido come from?

Aikido is based on traditional Japanese martial practices.

What weapons are used in aikido?

We use the wooden staves, called jo staves, wooden swords, called boken, and wooden knives, called tanto.

How safe is aikido?

In aikido we strive to protect our uke, or opponent. Nevertheless, there is always a small possibility of injury.

What is the difference between basic, general, and advanced aikido classes?

Basic classes are designed for beginning students to learn the fundamentals of Aikido and for advanced students to hone their basic skills. Any rank may attend. General classes are for Aikido students of any rank and typically include a brief warm up, basic falling practice (ukemi), and technique practice. New students are required to attend four basic aikido classes before attending general aikido classes. Advanced classes are higher-paced and more rigorous than general practice. Topics include more advanced falls, weapon disarmaments, higher energy tecnhiques, technique transitions, and more.

How old does my child have to be before I can enroll them in aikido?

Children five years of age and older may participate in youth classes with instructor permission.

Where can I get uniforms and equipment?

Aikido of Northwest Kansas sells gis, belts, and other equipment in a range of sizes.

How do belt colors/student rank work in aikido?

Students advance from 8th kyu (white belt) to 1st kyu (brown belt with stripe) by practicing aikido and can continue to advance in rank through teaching aikido thereafter. There are additional ranks for children.

How does testing work in aikido?

Students are invited to test when the sensei, or instructor, feels that they are ready.

Can I watch the aikido classes?

You are welcome to watch at no cost, but please be respectful of students’ need to hear the instructor and do not talk.

Do you ever have any special events?

We hold week-long aikido camps in summer and winter as well as some special weekend workshops.

Is Aikido of Northwest Kansas affiliated with any other dojos or organizations?

Aikido of Northwest Kansas has a satellite dojo in Wichita and is a member of the Aikido Association of America.