Aiki Kids FAQ

How much does membership cost?

After the free trial class, membership is $75/month.

When you first join, there’s a $50 registration fee that covers the cost of your child’s first uniform plus a dojo t-shirt.

How often should my child train?

We require attendance at both Aiki Kids classes (Tuesday and Thursday) every week. Once your Aiki Kids student is advanced enough to be eligible to attend our adult/teen classes as well, they can add any number of adult/teen classes to their weekly schedule at no additional charge.

How do we get a uniform?

We have uniforms for sale at the dojo. Your initial $50 registration fee covers the cost of your child’s first uniform (plus a bonus dojo t-shirt). Additional uniforms are $30 each – cash or check made out to Azzia Walker. Your child does not need a uniform for the first trial class, just comfortable long pants.

Can I watch classes?

You’re welcome to watch your child’s free trial class. Aside from that, we ask parents to not watch classes and to stay out of sight while class is in session – we’ve found over the years that the presence of parents, no matter how quiet, can be a significant distraction for students. We do want you to be able to see what your child is learning, of course, so we occasionally host special Open House classes where parents are invited in to join their children on the mat for practice.

When can we talk with the Sensei?

The best way to reach Azzia Sensei is by email. You can talk with her that way or ask for an in-person meeting or phone meeting. The parent-teacher relationship is important for your child’s success here, so please don’t be shy about reaching out.

Anything I should know about dropping off and picking up my child?

Drop-off and pickup happen in the lobby. Please do not interact with your child after they have bowed into the dojo, or before they have bowed out again.

For the safety of the children, and because of the policies of the building management, children can’t leave the building unless accompanied by a parent – please come into the lobby for pickup.

Can you recommend any books?

Yes. Here are two good ones to begin with: Journey to the Heart of Aikido and Mastery. These are books for adults. Your kids will be getting their lessons in the dojo, although older kids who are good readers might also enjoy Journey to the Heart of Aikido.

Are there opportunities for parent involvement?

Yes! We want you to enjoy the Aikido Shusekai dojo community, and to have a sense of what your child is learning. We occasionally host Open House classes, where parents can join their children on the mat for practice. We also host three Aikido Shusekai Community Dinners a year at a local sushi restaurant – parents of Aiki Kids students are encouraged to attend these dinners when possible, and siblings and friends are also welcome. Check the Events page to see what is coming up.

And one of the best ways to be involved in the dojo community is to start practicing aikido yourself, in our adult classes. When your child gets old enough, they can join you in those classes, too!