Everyone, above the age of 15, is welcome to join the classes. Aikido is traditionally practiced by all, together, irrespective of age or gender.
The instructors have systematic training background and bear official Aikikai Foundation (Aikido World Headquarters) dan grades (black-belt). Students' dan grades (black belt) will also be officially registered with Aikikai, Japan. Kyu grades (white belt) will be registered with Pondicherry Aikikai.
The introduction is closely supervised to be at the individuals' capacities. For your first classes
please attend in loose-fitting sports clothes with full length lower-garment, such as yoga/track pants, without metallic clips and buckles
please remove jewellery and piercings -- you may hurt yourself or others
kindly bring along a small towel to dry your feet after washing them.
Registration: Please consult the section on dojo-membership (Dojo > Membership) for registration and payment details.
Practitioners can approach the instructor for help with availing training equipment, such as keiko-gi (uniform).
Visitors are welcome to watch regular practice sessions.
Dojo open from November-14th 2023.
1st Dec 2023: NO CLASS
5th Dec 2023: NO CLASS
Syllabus & Grades
Pondicherry Aikikai, follows the curriculum established by the Hombu dojo, Aikikai, Japan:
Full syllabus link: here.
(The prerequisite days of practice is an indicator of minimum training requirement and are to be taken for guidance purposes only).
Grading application & fees: Please consult the section on dojo-membership (Dojo > Membership) for details.
The syllabus advances from basic forms, stances and movements, to simple attacks and defences, to more complex movements for both the tori (attacker) and the uke (defender). It also helps to increasingly build balance, breadth of movement and power in the practice.
In Aikido, there are
Six white-belt grades or kyu-grades, progressing from 6th-kyu, 5th-kyu, until the 1st-kyu
This is followed by black-belt grades or dan-grades, starting from shodan (1st-dan), nidan (2nd-dan), etc.