FAQs

aikido-quesitonsWhat is Aikido?
Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art that is primarily defensive in nature. You can learn more about Aikido here.

What is Kaizenshinkan?
Every Aikido Dojo has a name, Aikido of Escondido’s dojo name is Kaizenshinkan meaning “The Continual Improvement Minded”.

Can visitors come to the Dojo and observe a class?
Visitors are welcome to drop by and watch a class anytime. Please feel free to stop by and observe a class at your convenience. (See current class schedule). The Beginning Aikido classes will give you a good idea of what your training will be like as a beginner. Observing the Intermediate class will give you a chance to see a greater variety of Aikido techniques executed in a faster paced environment.

Can I try a class before I sign up for a membership plan?
Yes, we’d love for you to give Aikido a try…. just fill out our simple “Free Class Request Form” and we’ll be in touch to schedule. We’re confident that you will find it to be more than just a physical exercise session and self defense training (Read more about Aikido). See membership plans.

What should I wear for my first class?
For your first class you can wear sweatpants and a t-shirt or something similar. Shorts are not recommended as you will be kneeling during class. With your enrollment in the Beginner Special you’ll receive a gi (training uniform).

Am I too old/young/weak/inflexible for Aikido?
Aikido is practiced by people of all ages and builds, male and female. Waiting to get into shape or gain flexibility before starting class is not necessary.

What should I call the teacher?
The head instructor, Kelleher sensei, should be addressed as “sensei” at all times in the dojo. Assistant instructors should be addressed as “sensei” while they are teaching a class. (Click here for other terms used in Aikido and read the Formal Class Rules at the bottom of our class page.)

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