• Frequently Asked Questions
  • 1. What type of clothing do I need for training?

    The normal clothing for Aikido is the Gi (white judo suit). After the third Kyu, students wear a Hakama.

  • 2. What will I need for the first training session?

    For the first training session you will need along sleeve track suit, or Gi, if you own one,
    Slippers for the area outside the mat,
    Shower gel

  • 3. Are there any courses for beginners?

    No, there are no courses purely for beginners. According to my experiences as a teacher and as a student, beginners progress quicker if they train together with beginners and more advanced students. Training with beginners also makes training more varied for advanced students and brings them useful experiences.
    When is it possible to take part in a practice
    It is possible to join training at any time. A free trial lesson makes it possible to get to know each other. If everybody is happy and the beginner enjoys training, he or she can apply for membership.

  • 4. From what age is it possible to take part in training?

    It is possible to join training at any time. A free trial lesson makes it possible to get to know each other. If everybody is happy and the beginner enjoys training, he or she can apply for membership.

  • 5. How much is the membership in the Union?

  • 6. How do i become a member?

    The easiest thing to do is to download the application form from our website, or to fill it in online, print it and give it to the teacher at the next session. Please include a photo, or scan one and include it into the pdf file.

  • 7. Who is eligible for a concession membership, and how do I get it?

    You are eligible for a concession membership if you are

    • pupil at school,
    • A student without an income
    • In national service or doing alternative community service
    • An apprentices or a trainee,
    • On maternity leave (You can apply for a resting membership for the time you can’t train).
    • Temporarily unemployed
  • 8. How can i become resting member?

    You can obtain a resting membership, if you write to the union with a request, giving the reason and the duration of the rest period. As a resting member, you cannot take part in union events and have no right to vote or be voted for, nor to petition in a general meeting.

  • 9. How and when can I leave the union?

    At the end of each year. The letter requesting to leave has to reach us in writing either at the union address or at our email address office@aikido-wien.com at least four weeks before.

  • 10. What are the benefits of practicing Aikido in everyday life?

    What can I take with me from training to everyday life? It is up to every individual, how much of Aikido he or she uses for everyday life. The following list gives a few ideas:

    • Falling correctly
    • Concentration
    • Attention to small things, and at the same time not losing sight of the bigger picture
    • Breathing and stretching techniques
    • Inner calm
    • Stretching the joints
    • A peaceful attitude (it’s not always necessary to use force to succeed)
  • 11. Is Aikido suitable for self-defence?

    Even though Aikido is a defensive art, a fighter has to be very experienced in order to use Aikido effectively for self defence. Pure self defence is not the primary benefit of practicing Aikido.

  • 12. Are there weapons in Aikido?

    Yes, apart from the study of defence with an empty hand, there is also a weapons practice. In Aikido, the following weapons are used:

    • Jo – used as a lance in Aikido
    • Bokken – the wooden sword
    • Tanto – the wooden knive or wooden dirk
  • 13. Is Aikido suitable for women?

    In Aikido, there is no gender separation, due to its non-aggressive philosophy. Students learn to use as little force as possible and as much force as necessary. Therefore, women sometimes have an advantage in learning these principles. The interdependency between the two sexes is profitable for both sides. Women learn to work with stronger partners, and men learn to respond to weaker partners and therefore use less force.

  • 14. Are there Aikido competitions?

    No. Competitions go against the principles of Aikido. There are no fights in Aikido. A true warrior is invincible, since he rejects a fight. Aikido means to conquer the spirit inside of us who strives towards the fight. (O-Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido founder)

  • 15. What gradings/belts are there in Aikido?

    Like in many other martial arts, there is the student (Kyu) and the master (Dan) grade.  
    The Kuy grades begin with Grad 6, and finish with Grade 1. Unlike Judo, there are no belts in different colours. Kyu belts are always white. In general, students who have reached the 3rd Kyu grade wear the traditional Hakama over their Gi. The Dan grades range from grade one to grade nine. The Dan grade ten is reserved for the Doshu. The belt colour here is black.