Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it costs to train?

There are two main components in the cost of training Aikido with us: mat fees (class costs), which range from £4.00 to £5.00 per session, and an annual club membership, which ranges from £16 to £31 per year.  These are explained in more detail below. However, your first practice is free.

When and where do you practice?

We have three practice sessions troughout the year for seniors and our junior practice takes place during Glasgow City Council’s term time. In addition to these sessions, we also practice at the University of Strathclyde during their term time. Check out our Venues page for venue addresses and practice times.

Do I have to attend all classes?
No. You choose which classes you want to attend and how often. However, the more you train the more you’ll learn.

Can beginners come to any class?
Yes. Beginners are welcome to come to all our classes as we do not have separate classes for different experience levels.

What clothing do I need to train?
A clean t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms. If you wish to keep training, you  may wish to consider buying a judo suit. They cost between £20 and £40.

Do I need to buy all the weapons?
No, not at the start. Most people have spares which you can borrow. However, if keep training then it might be advisable to buy your own. Weapons start at £10 and a really good bokken can be had for £30. Ask the senior grades for advice.

What are the annual membership costs?
To train with us you need to be a member of the Komyokan Aikido Association (KAA), which includes martial arts’ insurance.

  • If you’re new to Aikido, or to our club, you’ll need to take out temporary membership to the KAA, which lasts 8 weeks. Temporary membership costs £6 for concessions (student/unwaged seniors) and £11 for waged seniors. Please pay your temporary membership before you begin your first class.
  • After the initial 8 weeks you will be required to become a full member, which costs an additional £10 for student/unwaged seniors and £20 for waged seniors.

This is equivalent to an annual membership of £16 for student/unwaged seniors and £31 for waged seniors. Full membership lasts for 1 year, includes martial arts’ insurance.

How much does a class costs?
Mat fees for classes are:

  • £4 per class for student/unwaged seniors or £20 for a monthly pass (for three regular classes per week)
  • £5 per class for waged seniors or £30 for a monthly pass (for three regular classes per week)

Mat fees are paid at the end of each class and monthly passes paid in advance at the beginning of the month.

If you are new to Aikido, the first class is free and subsequent ones are as detailed above.

Do I have to be a Glasgow Caledonian University student to attend classes there?
No. Everyone one is welcome to classes at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Do I have to be a University of Strathclyde student to attend classes there?
Yes (although practice is also open to alumni and staff). You will also need to be a member of the Sports Union.

What about gradings?
You begin at mu kyu (un-graded). After training for a while you can go for your 6th kyu. From there you can progress up to 1st kyu. After that you progress into the dan grades. For Juniors (under 16’s) the kyu grades are further subdivided into mon grades. In order to grade to must be a member of the KAA.

All kyu grades wear a white belt, we don’t have coloured belts . The dan grades wear a black belt with the traditional hakama. The hakama is a pair of large, pleated trousers worn over the suit.

I am a member of another Aikido association:  Can I train with you?
Of course. Just bring proof that you have martial arts’ insurance to the first class.  You may also wish to seek permission from your current instructor(s).

What else do I need to know?

Whilst the above pretty much covers it, you’re encouraged to familiarise yourself with, and follow basic Aikido etiquette. You may also find our Aikido Essentials page of interest.