How do I get started?
Start by showing up. Its sounds simple but its the most important piece.
You can drop in on any class and talk to the instructor and senior students.
Maybe the best way to start is give a call to the number in the column on the right or drop us an email. We will be glad to answer your questions and get you going.
Can I observe a class?
Who can I contact for information?
There is a phone number in the right column you can call. If no one answers leave a message and someone will get back to you.
If you prefer email, there is also an email address in the right column.
There are a lot of black belts in the classes, is it still OK to come in as a total beginner?
The school has been in Petaluma for over 35 years so its not surprising many students have become blackbelts. The black belts not only work with each beginner at their own level, they also enjoy working with beginners. It gives them a chance to review and refine the fundamentals of the art and they get to see it through the fresh eyes of a beginner.
Beginners get to see and feel how more experienced do techniques and how they view and practice the art.
Its a great place for a beginner to get started.
I am not in the best physical shape, can I still join?
Yes. Training at Aikido of Petaluma does take some physical activity, but since the goal is not aerobic or strength training but being more physically and energetically aligned and learning the basic movements a high level of physical capability is not required.
Also, if at any time in class you need to take a break, you can.