Thank you for your interest in Bond Street Dojo. To become a member we ask you to observe practice at least twice (on two different days) to get a feel for what practice is like at Bond Street.
You will also need to review the following with a dojo member:
When you decide to join the dojo:
You must be 18 or older to join – Bond Street Dojo does not currently offer children’s classes.
Bond Street Dojo offers a special introductory rate for new members. See our Dues page for complete information on membership fees.
Though not required, it may be helpful to read through the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba Training Handbook.
Your First Class
When you’re ready to join, have filled out your paperwork, observed two classes and met with an instructor, simply show up ready to train. For beginners, all you need is a keiko (practice) gi.
When Can I start?
We teach Aikido not as a scheduled curriculum, but as a continuing flow of practice. We welcome beginners to join our regular classes. You start when you feel ready, and simply do the techniques with an open and attentive spirit. It is our experience that the new student reaches a higher level or advances in a shorter period of time by simply jumping in and getting his or her feet wet. The more advanced students are sincerely interested in helping you and will work with you at your own pace and level. Please do not feel you are hampering their progress because you are a beginner. It is important to their progress that they share their knowledge. Relax, and approach your training with an open mind and sense of enjoyment.
Where can I buy a gi?They are available over the internet and at several locations in New York City – some suppliers are listed on our links page.
What classes should I observe?We recommend visitors without prior aikido experience observe a “Basics” class. These are taught every weekday at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. See our Schedule for detailed information.
I am out of shape and/or have never taken martial arts classes before. Is it a good idea for me to try aikido?Aikido is open to students of all skill levels. Some classes may be physically rigorous. As with all exercise programs, please consult a medical professional prior to starting your aikido training. We offer a free Intro to Aikido class every month that provides a basic overview to our practice by allowing visitors to practice some simple techniques. Beginners may start with our Basics classes, which introduce new practitioners to the building blocks of Aikido.
How long does it take to earn a black belt?Aikido offers progressive ranking, with the first test offered at the 6th kyu level, moving up to the 1st kyu level, and then to first degree black belt. For more details, see Testing at Bond Street. Each individual learns and progresses at his or her own pace. New members typically take their 6th kyu test within 6-9 months of beginning. Black best tests may follow anywhere from 4 to 7 years later. Your focus, ability to train regularly, and physical stamina all affect your individual progress; however, physical strength and stamina are not the most important part of your practice.
New Member Special
Get a special rate of $150 for the first three months when you become a member. (Cash or check only. Sorry, no credit cards.)
Free Intro to Aikido Class
The first and third Saturday of every month is a free class, geared towards beginners and open to the public.