I do not make a companion of men. Whom, then, do I make a companion of? God. This world is not going well because people make companions of each other, saying and doing foolish things. Good and evil beings are all one united family in the world. Aikido leaves out any attachment; Aikido does not call relative affairs good or evil. Aikido keeps all beings in constant growth and development and serves for the completion of the Universe .
Morihei Ueshiba

 

Etiquette and customs:

 

The practice of good manners, proper etiquette and mutual harmony is essential and is an integral part of AIKIDO.


Students are expected to tidy the dojo (practice hall) and to clean the mats prior to each lesson. The class must be ready on the mat and seated before the starting time. Alternatively, report to the instructor on the rare occasions when you happen to be late.
 

Japanese terminology and bowing protocol are used and has become standard practice in dojos throughout the world. (Bowing in this context resembles a salute and does not have any religious significance)
 

Practice is bright and must not inflict injury to others. It should, however, be energetic and remain focussed and practical.
 

Please involve third parties and take turns if odd numbers of students have to practice together.
 

You are welcome to ask questions and pass comments, but please save these discussions for after class.
 

No shoes on the mat and no smoking or eating in the training hall.

 

Always show respect.