Like to try?
Find out more here about how to start your journey at Malvern Aikido.
Some frequently asked questions:
How much time should I commit?
As with learning any skill or knowledge, the more time invested then the more rapid your understanding should become. Malvern Aikido has two classes per week (details on Where & Where page) and to make reasonable progress we would advise that you attend both classes. A few of our members train only once per week. In addition to our weekly classes, there are courses – such as Spring and Summer Courses, and grading events. Some are held in Malvern, but they are mainly delivered at other venues in the UK. We try to attend these other events too where possible.
How much will it cost?
There are no membership fees for the Malvern Aikido but you will be obliged to join the British Aikido Federation. Membership is currently £35 per annum for employed people (concessionary rates are available) and membership includes personal accident and public liability insurance.
There seems to be a lot to get to grips with, including Japanese terms. How will I get to grips with it all?
Just as with any hobby, pastime or sport, there are terms (see Glossary) to describe techniques, procedures and etiquette. Japanese is the language of aikido worldwide, so the terms we use are Japanese. We also follow traditional Japanese etiquette. Don’t worry: follow everyone else and you’ll soon pick it up!
Will I be safe?
Our instructors will guide you through introductory movements and techniques. Generally students trains together (usually in pairs) and so you can agree with your training partner(s) if you have any safety concerns. Students are always encouraged to work within their own limits – and have the responsibility to make other people aware there are any issues. We ask that students inform us of any relevant medical or other issues that may affect training prior to starting at Malvern Aikido. If you have concerns about your fitness level, you can take the training at your own pace. Whilst training in organised classes you will have personal accident and public liability insurance in place. You can also read further information on safety.
So… I want to try – what do I need to do?
It’s pretty straight-forward:
- Let us know which class you’ll be attending – by email
- Read the advice on class structure and safety information.
- Turn up to watch or turn up to train!
If you wish to train please bring £5 provisional insurance payment and initially you should wear loose, comfortable clothing: stretchable fabrics, jogging trousers/leggings and a t-shirt are ideal. Your clothing should not have buttons or zips as they might be uncomfortable. Please leave jewellery at home or remove them as these might cause injury. We train barefoot however if you wish to wear socks they should be black or white, and with grip so you do not slip.
What happens next?
If you like what you experience, then we advise that you pay for each of your next two classes. After that if you wish to continue training you will need to take out full membership of the British Aikido Federation. This means that you can then take gradings if you wish (organised at regular intervals) and you will have insurance cover included in your membership. There are discounts for students, children and young people under 18, over 65 year olds and those who are unemployed.