Framingham Aikikai is dedicated to providing a safe space to practice the art of Aikido. Due to the current COVID19 protocols and restrictions we have in place, we cannot offer open drop in trial classes. We understand that you may wish to begin your Aikido training with us and this course is designed for students who would like to start their journey at the Framingham Aikikai.
You must first take this four-week introduction course which familiarizes you with training Aikido, dojo etiquette, and our COVID19 protocols which will prepare you to join our regular practices. This is to ensure that you are familiar with all of the health and safety protocols that have been implemented and will remain implemented while COVID19 is still a threat.
Minimum age of practice is 13 years old.
The program consists of four, 1-hour classes on following dates at 6:15pm at the Common Street Spiritual Center in Natick (map below)
The video below will give you an idea of the COVID19-health protocol and classes look like:
This program is limited to 6 students. To reserve a spot, please fill out the form below. In the event the class fills up we will put you on a waiting list, ensure you have a spot in the following month's session or simply refund your payment.
Familiarize each prospective member with the health and safety protocols of Framingham Aikikai. We have found that 4 classes is the minimum number of classes it takes to make the protocols a habit.
Familiarize each prospective member with the different phases of training at Framingham Aikikai.
Familiarize each prospective member with the Framingham Aikikai temporary dojo space, culture, and operations.
Familiarize each prospective member with their instructor and their training group.
Build up a tolerance for masked training.
Class Schedule (all classes start at 6:15pm, see dates above):
First Class - Introduction to Aikido etiquette and terminology; process for starting and ending class; basic footwork movements; basics of holding the sword and staff; basic sword and staff strikes; sword sequences 1 and 2.
Second Class - Explanation of ranking system; three basic footwork movements; sword sequences 3 and 4; basic staff sequence 1: movements 1-8.
Third Class - Sword sequences 5 to 8, basic unarmed technique solo movements: part 1; basic staff sequence 2, movements 1-8.
Fourth Class - Basic unarmed technique solo movements: part 2, basic staff sequence 1, movements 9-14; basic staff sequence 2: movements 9-14.
Informed Consent and Expectations of Training:
In order to sign up for this class, you must watch the COVID19 protocol walkthrough video located at the top of this page.
Deposits are refundable up to 3 days before the course starts, or if the prospective member contracts COVID19 or comes into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID19 and must postpone the course before the course starts. For refunds unrelated to COVID19, you must contact the dojo at minimum 3 days before the course is set to begin so we may give your spot to someone on the waitlist.
Should someone be unable to finish the course due to contracting COVID19 or coming into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID19, or other extenuating circumstances after the course begins, make-up sessions will be provided.
All Introductory classes must be completed in order to be allowed to train in the regular program, so if you cannot dedicate those four days, we urge you to wait until you can.
After course completion, the student will be able to take classes in the general program. At present, there are four classes each week. You are guaranteed access to two classes each week, but more classes may be available depending on capacity limitations. Monthly training fees are $75 per person.
Please note that willfully ignoring protocols will result in barred entry from classes. While we understand the protocols add a layer of complexity to training, Framingham Aikikai is dedicated to maintaining a safe space to practice which requires the cooperation of all its members. No refund will be provided in this case.
Classes take place at the Common Street Spiritual Center at 13 Common St, Natick, MA 01760: