You may start taking ki-aikido classes at the Seattle Ki Society on any Tuesday at 7pm. These beginning classes are specifically designed to give you the foundation you need to participate safely in the study of aikido.
We also offer a 6 session Introductory series specifically designed to present the basics to rank beginners, and offer an affordable opportunity to students as well as serve the general public. Registration can be done with us at the first class, and the fee is $50. Please see our schedule for the date of the next session.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your first class so you'll have plenty of time to meet the instructor, fill out the appropriate forms, and be ready to begin class promptly at 7pm. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to class. Long-sleeves and pants are encouraged for your safety and comfort. Sweatpants and a long-sleeved t-shirt are ideal. You'll be practicing bare-foot, so no special footwear is required - clean feet will work just fine.
In the beginner's program, we study the four basic principles of Ki-Aikido. These principles are applicable to daily life and are not limited to use "only on the mat." To prepare you to safely participate in other classes, we also teach proper stretching, basic exercises with which we begin our classes, safe falling and rolling techniques, and an introduction to basic aikido arts.
The following is an outline of what we will cover over time in your classes. It is not a rigid schedule, and we will modify it as appropriate to the class as a whole. It is meant to serve as a guide, and to give you an idea of what you can expect to learn during your training with us. If you have further questions about the content of the class or about our school in general, please do not hesitate to contact one of our instructors.
If you would like to observe a class before you join, please feel free to do so during any of our classes. We welcome visitors! Please respect our instructors and fellow students by turning off mobile phones. If you have questions, we will be happy to answer them during a break or after class.
Thank you for your interest! We look forward to training with you soon!
During Your Practice You Will Learn:
- An introduction to the development of Ki-Aikido
- Dojo etiquette
- Principle of the body: keeping weight underside
- Principle of the mind: extending ki
- Principle of the body: relaxing completely
- Principle of the mind: keeping one point
- Stretching, focusing on relaxed body
- Bowing with mind and body coordinated
- One person exercises (hitori waza)
- Breathing exercises (kokyu ho)
- Rolling backward with instruction
- Beginning practice for rolling forward
- Moving another's ki
- Aikido arts with a partner