What are the Training Costs?

Lesson Charges

Your first lesson is free; thereafter it is £5 per session (for 1 and a half hours of practice).
This is used for the hire of the practise hall (dojo) and to cover costs. 
The instructors or coaches are not paid for teaching.  

Membership

After 3 sessions, you will need to pay an annual membership fee. 
This costs £40 per year, which covers your membership with the British Aikido Board (BAB) and insurance.

Gi
Judo Gi (suit)

Clothing

Initially we recommend you wear comfortable clothes, typically a track suit and t-shirt.
After a few sessions, you'll want to get a Judo suit (Gi) with a white belt. These can be bought from large sports shops or martial arts shops for under £30. 

We train bare foot on the mat, although you can wear socks if you wish. For that reason, you might find it useful to have flip-flops that can be left at the edge of the mat, as we never step on the mat with our shoes or walk bare foot on the floor. 


Gradings

Like many martial arts, we have gradings: yellow belt, orange, green, blue, brown and black. 
grading belts
Belts

  • Gradings up to brown belt are held in Swindon every 6 months.
  • Students generally grade every 6 or 12 months depending on ability and level of practice, although there is no requirement to grade. 
  • Grading fees are inexpensive, typically between £12 and £30. 
  • The black belt grading takes place annually in Oldham, Greater Manchester.