• MEMBERSHIP FORM   

  • ADULT GRADING FORM   

  • JUNIOR GRADING FORM

  • General Etiquette and Dojo Rules

  • Do not be late to training, if you know that you will regularly be late (due to work etc) then let Sensei know 
  • Remove shoes before entering the dojo 
  • Bow to the shomen when entering and exiting the dojo 
  • Bow to the shomen when walking on to and off of the mat 
  • At the start of class we line up in rank, Sensei will be in front of the class facing the shomen, bow twice, clap twice, bow and wait for Sensei to say 'Onegai-shi-mas(u), and all the students respond 'Onegai-shi-mas(u) (while still bowing), and then raise to Sezia.
  • Bow to your partner before and after training together 
  • No training on the mat before class (with the exception of stretching and warm up exercises) 
  • Follow the instructions of the Sensei at all times 
  • Do not diverge from the techniques and exercises set by the Sensei 
  • Do not coach students while training unless asked to do so by the Sensei 
  • All members, seventh kyu and above, are expected to wear a clean uniform with appropriate colours and insignia 
  • Maintain a good standard of personal hygiene 
  • Training while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited 
  • Eating, smoking, swearing and anti-social behaviour in the dojo are prohibited 
  • Inform the instructor of any damages or injuries 
  • Remove watches and jewellery before training 
  • Do not leave non-training related personal possessions in the dojo 
  • Leave walkways clear of obstacles
  • Do not leave rubbish in the dojo
  • Assist in the cleaning of the mat area and dojo before or after class, or as directed.
  • General Training Etiquette
  • At the start of class we line up in rank, Sensei will be in front of the class facing the shomen, bow twice, clap twice, bow and wait for Sensei to say 'Onegai-shi-mas(u), and all the students respond 'Onegai-shi-mas(u) (while still bowing), and then raise to Sezia.
  • Address the instructor as Sensei (teacher).  
  • Respond to general instructions and 'hajime' (begin) with 'hai' (yes - Pronounced 'hi'). 
  • Any questions should be directed to the instructor by raising a hand. 
  • At the end of personal instruction from an instructor respond with a bow and 'arigato' ('thank you') or 'arigato gozai-mas(u)' (thank you very much) 
  • 'Onegai-shi-mas(u)': A request to train spoken when pairing off with a training partner. This request is accompanied with a bow, whether standing (tachi) or in seated position (seiza). 
  • Do not loiter when selecting a training partner. 
  • 'Arigato-gozai-mas(u)' (thank you very much): This, accompanied with a bow, is to be said when ending training with a partner. 
  • 'Arigato-gozai-mashita' (thank you very much for what you have done): This is to be said, following the traditional Iwama style bows/clap, at the completion of training, to Sensei/Instructor. 
  • Etiquette for Weapons Training
  • Weapons may only be used under the instruction or with the permission of the instructor. 
  • All weapons must be bowed in (facing shomen) before and after practice. 
  • Edged and bladed should be bowed in and out with the edge facing towards you and the kashira (pommel) to the left. 
  • Once the weapon has been bowed in it should be held in the left hand at the side when standing or placed on the mat at left when in seize. At the end of class when you bow out, the weapons should be placed or held on your right side after bowing out.
  • During practice ensure that there is enough distance between yourself and others around all sides. 
  • Practice with control, follow all instructions for a technique, until advised otherwise. 
  • While dojo weapons are available for training, graded members are advised to purchase their own (consult Dojo Cho Kerry Madden). 
  • Always know where your personal weapons are and ensure they are in good condition, any splinters or cracking in a weapon then it must not be used, inform the instructor as serious injury can occur should a weapon fail. 
  • Store all weapons off the mat when not in use. 
  • Never use another's personal weapons without permission.
  • Aikido terms and meanings.
  • Ai-Harmony                            coming together
  • Aikido                                     The way of harmony with the spirit
  • Ai Hanmi                                 Equal stance (e.g. both with left foot forward)
  • Arigato                                    Thank you
  • Arigato Gozaimazu               Thank you very much
  • Atemi                                      A strike, to hit a vital point
  • Ayumi-ashi                             Walking
  • Bokken                                   Wooden sword used in practice
  • Bushido                                  Warrior’s code, way of the warrior
  • Budo                                       Martial way
  • Chudan                                  Middle position
  • Dan                                        Black belt rank
  • Do                                          Way
  • Dojo                                       Training hall
  • Dosa                                      Action, movement
  • Funa-kogi                              Boat rowing exercise
  • Gaeshi                                   Turn out, turn over
  • Gedan                                    Low position
  • Geri                                         Kick
  • Gi                                            Training uniform
  • Hai                                          Yes
  • Hakama                                Japanese split skirt
  • Hanmi                                    Oblique stance
  • Hanmi Handachi                   Nage is kneeling, uke is standing
  • Hara                                       Physical and spiritual center
  • Hidari                                      Left (side)
  • Hiji                                          Elbow
  • Hon                                        Fundamental, basic
  • Irimi                                       To enter
  • Jo                                           Staff or stick
  • Jodan                                     High position
  • Jiyu                                         Free style
  • Kaeshi                                    Counter
  • Kaiten                                     To revolve or rotate
  • Kamae                                    Posture, stance
  • Kata                                        Shoulder, also means form practice
  • Katana                                    Sword, blade
  • Ken                                         Japanese sword
  • Ki                                            vital force of the body/ universe
  • Kihon                                      Basic form of a technique
  • Ki-no-nagare                          Flowing/ fluid form of technique
  • Ki-no-Musubi                         Ki blending
  • Kiai                                         Piercing scream or cry that unifies body
  • Kokyu                                     Breath power
  • Koshi                                      Hip
  • Kumi-jo                                  Partner practice with jo
  • Kumi-tachi                             Partner practice with ken
  • Kyu                                         Rank, class
  • Ma-ai                                      Harmony of space
  • Men                                        Face, head
  • Men-uchi                                Strike to the head
  • Migi                                         Right (side)
  • Misogi                                     Purification
  • Mokuso                                   Clear the mind
  • Morote                                    With two hands
  • Musubi                                    Blending
  • Nagare                                    Flowing, like a stream
  • Nage                                       Throw. The person who throws
  • Obi                                           Belt
  • Omote                                     Forward, front
  • O Sensei                                 The great teacher (Morehei Ueshiba)
  • Randori                                   Multiple person attack
  • Rei                                           Bow
  • Reigi                                        Etiquette
  • Renzoku                                  Continuous body movement
  • Ryote                                       Both hands
  • Sabaki                                     Motion, movement
  • Senpai                                    Senior student
  • Sensei                                     Teacher, instructor
  • Seiza                                       Formal sitting posture
  • Shiho                                       Four directions
  • Shikko                                     Knee walking
  • Shomen                                  Front or top of head
  • Suburi                                     Management, practice
  • Suwari                                    Seated comfortably and stable
  • Tachi                                      Japanese sword
  • Tachi-dori                              Sword disarming                   
  • Taijutsu                                  Techniques performed without weapons
  • Tai no henko                          Changing of body position
  • Tai sabaki                               Body movement
  • Tanto                                      Knife, dagger
  • Te                                            Hand
  • Tegatana                                Hand blade
  • Tenchi                                     Heaven and earth
  • Tenkan                                    To turn
  • Tori                                          To seize
  • Tori                                          Demonstrator of technique
  • Tsuki                                        Thrust
  • Uchi                                         To strike
  • Uke                                          To receive
  • Ukemi                                      The art of receiving the technique
  • Ura                                           Back, behind                        
  • Ushiro                                      Back, behind,rear
  • Waza                                       Techniques
  • Yame                                       Stop, or cease doing                
  • Yokomen                                Side of head
  • Zazen                                     Sitting meditation