For Aikido Newbies

New to Aikido? Welcome! You’re at the beginning of an adventure that can take a lifetime.

If the greetings, terminology, and technique names are driving you to distraction, check out what I’ve written about Japanese Words in Aikido.

You might like my recommendations for Aikido Books. There are several I especially suggest for beginners. They really helped me understand training, what it means to be a student, and a little about the culture, history, and philosophy of the art.

At some point you will probably be training with sticks. You might like to read this: Ten Tips for Your First Weapons Class

Learning something completely new, especially as an adult, can be difficult. Not just how to do the new skills, but learning how to watch, how to listen, and what do to when you get frustrated, overwhelmed, or discouraged. Something to consider when you find yourself thinking maybe your teacher must be wrong, because things aren’t making sense to you: Your Teacher is Always Right

If you are curious about how exams go at our dojo, you can watch My Exam Videos to get the general idea. Keep in mind that different schools do things in different ways, exam requirements change, and that I don’t do everything right, so do not rely on these to show what will be on your exam, or to demonstrate the correct way to do techniques.