Membership

Member's Guide

USAF New Student Guide (PDF; 1.37MB) Valley Aikido Member's Guide (PDF; 3.12MB) USAF Aikido Test Requirements sheet (PDF; 36KB) The members guide contains additional information not found on the website including dojo etiquette, what to wear, and more. Adult classes are open to men, women and children age 12 and older. Younger children are welcome with instructor's permission. Regular Membership includes unlimited practice in all basic and mixed-level classes, and any intermediate classes with instructor permission. Valley Aikido offers new students a special introductory Beginner Series on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Generally, after two or three months students have gained a foundation of basic foot movement, techniques and falling and are ready to transition into regular membership. Although most adults start practicing in the Beginner Series, this is not a requirement. You are welcome to join as a regular member as soon as you choose.

Young Aikido Students Class

The young aikido students Program is open to children aged five through 12. The young aikido students class is a collaborative practice enabling all students to pursue their individual potential in a supportive atmosphere of sharing and fun. Aikido movements are circular and flowing and emphasize redirecting your partner’s energy using leverage and balance instead of strength. Students develop coordination and poise, with a sense of cooperation and respect for themselves and others. Watch a video of Penny Bernath sensei from Florida Aikikai discussing the benefits of aikido on young adults.    

Member Fees

Member fee amounts are for one month unless otherwise noted. Families please inquire about special rates.

Introductory Rates

$60 / Two classes per week, typically Tue and Thu basics classes, up to 4 months. $195 for 4 months (after that the expectation is that you join as a regular member).

Student Rates

Students with valid ID: $70 / unlimited practice $65 / if you set up automatic bank payments $195 / Semester Special: Four months, includes January term.

Adult Classes

Regular Dues $80 / unlimited practice $75 / if you set up automatic bank payments Mat Fee $12 / day Late Fees $10 for dues received after the 1st of the month

Young Aikido Student Classes

$45 / 1 class per week $60 / 2 classes per week 50% discount for each additional family member  
As soon as you concern yourself with the 'good' and 'bad' of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you. —Osensei