In this section, we have collected answers to the most common questions about training.

What should I wear to come to a trial lesson?

It is best to take comfortable sportswear with you for a trial workout that will not hinder your movements. Sweatpants and a T-shirt are ideal. Shorts and a jacket without a lock will also be a good option. You can do it barefoot or in socks. And be sure to take yourself or your child a change of shoes to walk from the locker room directly to the gym. We considered the issue of clothing in more detail in the article For those who decide to practice Aikido.

Do I need to buy a kimono already for the first lesson?

No, this is superfluous. We sincerely believe that you first need to try what you plan to do. Over time, you can decide to buy a kimono or any other equipment, depending on what exactly you decide to do.

Is it possible to practice all the time not in a kimono, but in ordinary sportswear?

Undoubtedly you can. The question is rather that if you are determined to continue training, then it will be much more convenient to practice in a kimono. Firstly, it is specially designed to withstand stress, unlike regular sportswear. Secondly, the kimono protects the skin well from mechanical damage, which is possible due to rubbing against the tatami. You can read about when to buy a kimono here Form for Aikido: when to buy a kimono.

How to choose a kimono?

It all depends on whether you are planning to buy a kimono for a child or an adult. We talked in detail about the peculiarities of choosing a gi in articles How to choose a training gi for a child or adult.

Wouldn’t it be a problem to start training with a complete lack of physical fitness and a minimum level of activity?

No, because if you plan to start doing something, then just with the aim of increasing activity and getting in shape. For beginners, the load increases gradually and individually. Therefore, you can safely come, even if your level of normal activity tends to zero.

Are there any contraindications for training?

Regarding health contraindications, if you have any chronic diseases or any doubts, it is better to consult your doctor. We strive to ensure that training is beneficial and strengthens the body, and does not harm it.

What is the best age to start practicing aikido?

At the age at which you are now. There are no restrictions in this case, the main thing is to approach the lessons wisely. We considered the issue of starting training in adulthood in more detail in the article Is it too late to start aikido classes at 30, 40, 50 or later?

At what age do you take children to training?

Basically, from 5-6 full years, it all depends on the dojo and the availability of free places in the groups. For more detailed information, please contact our trainers. All contacts and schedules can be found here.

Do you work with children 3-4 years old?

No, for more effective training, we accept children over this age.

How many people are in the group?

There is no one answer to this question. It all depends on the age and size of the room. Since our dojos are different in size, and the students are divided by age category, the figure will be different in each individual case.

What is Applied Aikido?

This is a self-defense system, which is aimed at resolving conflict situations that a person may face in the modern world. More details on this topic can be found in the article Applied Aikido – modern self-defense system.

Is it possible to join training in the middle of the school year or do you need to wait for the start of the new season?

You can join the training at any time convenient for you. We do not differentiate between beginners and experienced groups. Everyone works together. Our students, depending on their level, do certain techniques. Beginners learn the basics. Long-time practitioners learn more advanced techniques and help beginners with the basics. Therefore, there is no division into groups in our Club. Rather, the question is about the availability of vacancies.

How long does it take to prepare for training?

In our Club, practicing self-defense techniques begins from the first lesson. We do not practice any preparatory classes, preferring just this approach. Indeed, in our opinion, it is much more effective and more consistent with the realities of the modern world.

Perhaps some of the questions were not displayed on this page, but we considered many topics in our Articles. But if any of them remain unanswered, you can always contact our trainers for advice on this or that matter.