Rules of the Dojo

This dojo follows the traditional rules of proper conduct. The dojo's spirit comes directly from the Founder of Aikido, and it is the place of the succession of his teaching. It is the responsibility of each student to act appropriately and to honor those teachings.

  • It is the responsibility of each student to cooperate in creating a positive atmosphere of harmony and respect.
  • Cleaning is an active prayer of thanksgiving. It is each student's responsibility to assist in cleaning the dojo and to cleanse his or her own mind and heart.
  • The dojo is not to be used for any purpose other than regularly scheduled classes without the direct permission of the head instructor.
  • You cannot buy technique. The monthly membership dues provide a place for training and a way in which to show gratitude for the teaching received. It is each student's responsibility to pay dues on time.
  • Respect the Founder and his teachings as succeeded and handed down by Saotome Sensei. Respect the dojo, respect your training tools and respect each other.
  • It is necessary to respect the way in which the instructor of the class directs the training. Receive instruction and carry out suggestions for training sincerely and to the best of your ability. There is no room for argument on the mat.
  • It is the moral responsibility of each student never to use Aikido technique to harm another person or as a way to display his or her ego. It is a tool to develop a better society through the character development of the individual.
  • There will be no conflicts of ego on the mat. Aikido is not street fighting. You are on the mat to train and purify your aggressive reactions and embody the spirit of the samurai by discovering your social responsibility.
  • There will be no competition on the mat. The purpose of Aikido is not to fight and defeat an enemy, but to fight and defeat your own aggressive instincts.
  • The strength of Aikido is not in muscular force, but in flexibility, timing, control, and modesty. Be aware of your limitations.
  • Everyone has different physical abilities and reasons for study. These must be respected. True Aiki is the proper and flexible application of technique appropriate to any changing situation. It is your responsibility to cause no injury to your training partner or yourself
  • There will be no power struggles within the dojo. The dojo membership is one family and the secret of Aikido is harmony.