Welcome to Borås Aikido Club!
Many want to start training aikido. We have therefor put together a FAQ. If you have more questions don’t hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
- When can I start? Do I have to wait until the start of the spring/fall?
Yes, we take in beginners the first month (or so) of each semester (January/September). The reason is we want to keep the groups together so you train with more at your own level. But send an email and ask!
- How often do you train?
We have training every Tuesday and Thursday. See the schedule here!
Please show up a few minutes before training so you have time to change and talk with the others!
- Which group should I or my child join?
The children’s group is for kids age 7-10, the youth group is for age 10-13 and the adult group is for age 13 and above.
- What does it cost?
To try it out it is 200 kr. That will give you four trainings to get a feel for aikido and see if it is something for you. If you want to continue you just pay the rest of the training fee (400 kr for children/youths, 1000 for adults). The reason being you have to be a member to be included in our insurance if something would happen.
- What is required for me to try out aikido?
We need some contact information and your Swedish social security number. Use https://tinyurl.com/boras-aikido-barn-eng-2021 for children/youths and https://tinyurl.com/boras-aikido-eng-2021 for adults.
- Can I pay at the dojo?
Yes! From now on you can pay on site via swish. We don’t however accept cash in the dojo. You can pre-pay either via swish 123 613 3359 or via bankgiro BG 5963-6019. Write as message “prova på” plus the social security number for the one who will be training. We also need you to register you or your child through our form: https://tinyurl.com/boras-aikido-barn-eng-2021
Adults register through https://tinyurl.com/boras-aikido-eng-2021
- Do I have to have a training gi before starting?
No, t-shirt and soft pants are fine in the beginning. We train barefoot. If you want to later buy a gi you can through the club.
- I have never trained any martial arts before, is this for me?
Aikido is for everybody! Old, young, girl, boy. You don’t have to be in perfect shape before you start or a six-pack. If you find it suits you, great! If not, we can give you hints about other martial arts that might be a better fit.
- I have trained karate/judo/jyujutsu/[some other martial art] before. Can I start at a higher level, or do I have to start from the beginning?
In aikido we train for own betterment. We use levels just to show how much knowledge you’ve gained, not for prestige. If you have trained something else before you will of course have a benefit for your own understanding.
- Why should I choose aikido?
Because it’s fun! It is challenging, and you learn a lot about yourself. Aikido is special by being a martial art that fits everybody. Aikido is created for a non aggressive philosophy, that is to say you don’t attack others (but you can turn their own attack back against them). We therefor don’t train offensive techniques in the shape of kicks and punches, but we learn to redirect the attacks of others.
Not to mention that you recognise aikido from that we train with weapons. And have the best pants.
- I’m interested in training with weapons. How long to I have to wait until I get to try it?
No time at all. We have weapons training when we want to, even with beginners. Most trainings we don’t train with weapons at all, some trainings we train solely with weapons. However, generally you do need some basic techniques before you get something out of the weapons training. The longer you train the more weapons training there will be.