This 4 week low cost course is designed to introduce you to the etiquette, culture, techniques, and classes of a traditional Aikido school. If you were ever curious about trying the martial art of Aikido and wanted a taste of all the benefits it had to offer but didn’t want to start with the full Aikido program, then this is the course for you! An introductory course is also a great gift option for the Japanese culture enthusiast in your life!

Benefits of Aikido
Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art that combines joint locks, throws, and pins with the philosophy of blending and harmonizing with incoming forces. It can be practice slow and methodical, or fast and dynamic, and is adaptable to everyone’s specific needs. Staff (jo) and Japanese sword work is also part of the curriculum.

  • Improve flexibility, balance, and stability

  • Learn how to fall safely

  • Physical benefits of exercise and aerobics

  • Mental health and wellness

  • Increase body and self awareness

  • Have fun while honing new skills

  • Learn about Japanese culture and traditions

  • Make new friends and become part of an amazing community of dedicated practitioners

During this 4 week course, we will cover:

  • Dojo etiquette and Japanese culture

  • Safe and proper ways to take falls – ukemi waza

  • Common grabs and strikes

  • Common techniques – nage waza – from grabs and strikes

  • Introduce short staff – jo – techniques

  • Introduce sword – bokken/bokuto – techniques

Course Schedule (Held on the first 4 Saturdays of every month at 11:00am.)

  • First Saturday: Introduction, basic dojo etiquette, Japanese culture, stances, basic exercises, grabs, and introduction to back falling, learn one technique from a grab, basics of handling sword and staff.

  • Second Saturday: Review back falls, introduction to forward rolling, learn one technique involving forward rolls, introduction to pins, learn one technique involving pin, basic footwork.

  • Third Saturday: Introduction to short staff (jo), learn one solo form, and one paired form.

  • Fourth Saturday: Introduction to sword work (bokken), learn one solo form and one paired form.

Fees and Health Issues :

  • Deposits are refundable up to 3 days before the course starts, For refunds contact the dojo at minimum 3 days before the course is set to begin so we may give your spot to someone on the wait list.

  • Should someone be unable to finish the course due to COVID-19 or other extenuating circumstances, make-up sessions will be provided.

  • All Introductory classes must be completed in order to  train in the regular program.  After course completion, the student will be able to take classes in the general program. 

  • Framingham Aikikai is dedicated to maintaining a safe space to practice which requires the cooperation of all its members.

  • Masks are optional in all classes.

                           Spots are still available for the upcoming month course.  -  Sign Up today to reserve your spot!

The video below will give you an idea of what advanced Aikido practice looks like.  This course will teach the basic building blocks that can lead to advanced practice:

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 refund your payment. 


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Four class introductory martial arts course for $50, 6 person limit, offered monthly!
The course runs the first four Saturdays of every month at 11:00.  For ages 13 and up