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The Indonesian Aikikai Foundation is holding a seminar on 18th and 19th of October, this year

To celebrate the foundation's anniversary, they have invited Tsuboi Shihan, Toriumi Shihan, Kubota Shihan and Hironobu Yamada Shihan as guest instructors

By the way, due to popular demand Power Aikido now offers Aikido or other martial art VCDs, for Indonesian residents only. Email us here for more information

Aikido Etiquettes - Etika Aikido

  • When entering or leaving the Dojo, stand in the doorway, face the front, bow. This represents a mark or respect for the Dojo and the people in it.
  • If late for training, kneel at the side of the class towards the back, SEIZA ( formal kneeling position). Meditate and calm yourself for a moment, then do warming-up exercises.
  • Do not remove any part of your GI (uniform) without being told to do so.
  • Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum during training the Dojo. Do them before the training session begins.
  • Do not leave the class for any reason, without asking permission from the instructor. If you must leave your position, do not walk between the instructor and the class. Walk behind the row you are in to either side and proceed from there.
  • Always address the instructor by their proper title ( SENSEI, SHIHAN ) inside the Dojo. Bow when called and bow again afterwards
  • Your training should be a serious matter. Do not cause disruption during class. You should always stand in KAMAI TACHI (stable stance) during training. NOTE: It is considered bad manners to fold your arms on your chest or put your hands on your hips.
  • Turn to your right, way from the front of the class or your partner, when readjusting your GI.
  • Your GI must be neat and washed clean at all times. Your belt should NEVER be washed, only aired dry. It symbolically contains the spirit of your hard training.
  • All directions, by instructor, should be obeyed in the Dojo, without question. You will not be asked to do anything that your instructor has not done him/herself already. If you cannot keep up, do the best you can. DON'T GIVE UP.
  • Don't wear jewellery or watches during training.
  • Keep fingernails and toenails short and clean.
  • Avoid eating large meals at least one hour before training.
  • It is everyones responsibility to ensure the Dojo is clean, tidy and safe at all times.
  • Make sure your fees are paid on time. It is considered bad form to have to be asked by the instructor for payment.

Conduct when visiting other Dojos.

Before visiting other Dojos, inform your instructor and seek his permission. When visiting other Dojos, you represent your Instructor, your Dojo and your style, therefore your Instructor will want to make sure that you are aware of proper protocol and etiquette.

  • All the rules that apply in your Dojo also apply to the Dojo you are visiting.
  • As soon as you enter the Dojo, seek the Instructor, bow and bow.
  • Introduce yourself in the manner similar to the following example: "My name is . . . I am from . . Dojo & my instructor is .... I would like to do some extra training and I have my instructors permission to do so here. Do you accept visitors?"
  • When the Instructor replies enjoy your training there.

General etiquette and conduct outside the Dojo.

As members of the Dojo, we have certain responsibilities. It is our duty to try hard not to do anything that may bring embarrassment, shame or dishonour to our instructor, dojo and art. Hence the following guidelines:

1. Do not quarrel about the definitions of Aikido with anyone, Aikido is vast and has many application. No opinion is 100% wrong

2. Resist the temptation to demonstrate your newly acquired skills to everyone in public places, except in a properly organised display.

3. Avoid walking down the street dressed in full Do-Gi, although it is acceptable to wear Gi pants with a T-Shirt etc. in the car to and from training.

4. If you are witnessing another Martial Arts display,avoid passing derogatory comments, no matter how "unusual" or "different" it may appear to you. All Martial Arts have something positive to offer and we must show our respect.

5. The techniques you are being taught can be dangerous, therefore be careful not to hurt your family, friends or yourself if training elsewhere (way from the Dojo).

6. Aikido should only be used as a last resort in legitimate self defense when all else has failed.



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