Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu Australia
Guidelines for viewing and taking part in classes
Both beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome to join our study group. We have students from 15 to 60 in our group. We recommend you come to observe a class prior to joining. If you have experience and can take simple ukemi it may be possible to join in a class. Please contact us to arrange this.
Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu is a traditional Martial Art (Budo). How we behave and comport ourselves both in the Dojo and our everyday lives is very much a part of the training we undertake. To that end there are certain considerations to be taken into account in order to manage your expectations from your training.
Budo begins with Respect and ends with Respect. These rules serve two purposes. First and foremost they show respect both for the art in which we train as well as the people with whom we train. Respect is much deeper than our external show of bowing and is rooted in a deep humility. However our openness to learn is demonstrated by our external behaviour. An open receptive mind is all that is required. Secondly, these rules help to ensure the safety of everyone involved in training. Training involves some risk and these rules are designed to minimise these hazards. Below is a list of basic rules of etiquette (Rei). These rules are not universal, but rather outline the expectations of your behaviour within the Dojo. Should you be unclear about what is expected, please ask.
"The martial arts cannot be learnt intellectually. They must be learnt by many hours of practice in the dojo" - Kondo Katsuyuki