Joining the Club and Equipment

We require that students have either trained in Aikido or have watched one of our classes before training in a class.

We offer up to two trial classes for $2 per session – but fill out an Aiki-Kai Australia application form for insurance purposes.

If you decide you want to join the Club, you will to pay training fees to the Club – the costs of the trial class will be taken off the total. This covers our rental for the space that the University provides the Club as well as other expenses such as social events and promotion. Here is the Monash Aikido Club membership form.

                                     Semester Fee       Trial M’ship  (8 classes)

Monash Student       $ 40                         $ 20

Staff or Alumni         $ 60                         $ 40 

Community                $ 100                       $ 60

Please note that there are limited spaces for community members due to University policy. Come along but we may need to refer you to our other Victorian dojos.

If you want to join the Club after watching or doing a trial class, you need to apply for an Aiki-Kai Australia membership at New members.  Existing members can renew their membership at Renewals. Please present a receipt before training. The instructors can help with the type of membership you apply for.

Membership is compulsory. It provides you with some insurance, and allows you to attend classes at our other dojos, attend training events and take grading examinations. These are the additional costs for Aiki-Kai Australia membership. Take care to use the correct membership categories. If you are unsure of the correct category ask the instructors or a senior student. Alternatively, text Michael on 0407-357-311.

Monash Students:

University – $ 48 per semester, or if taking the trial option

Student Interim – $ 33 for 2 months

Other Members:

Adult – $ 238 per year, or if taking the trial option

Adult Interim – $ 60 for 2 months

Online processing of memberships is a new procedure for Aiki-Kai Australia. It enables quicker and more accurate processing of your memberships. There is an FAQ on the Aiki-Kai Australia site if you have any questions or are experiencing problems.

Equipment

Beginning students shouldn’t buy any equipment as we realise that they need to attend a number of classes before they are certain that they want to continue their training in Aikido.

A uniform is not required in the beginning but it is recommended that students wear loose comfortable clothing that covers the elbows and knees. As some gripping of clothing is required during training, older clothing is the best option. Naturally as the student progresses in Aikido a uniform (single-weave judo gi or karate gi) is preferred. You can get these online from stores or ebay.

Aiki-Kai Australia has recently opened an online store to sell aikido equipment including uniforms and weapons. Aiki-Kai Australia aims to provide students with a range of high quality training items at affordable prices. They have negotiated good rates with their suppliers and only apply a reasonable mark-up on each item so that, even with shipping, in many cases they can arrive to you for often less than the usual over-the-counter price. The funds they make go back into advancing Aikido in Australia.

The club has a number of weapons that are available for use during class. Again the student who wishes to continue their training will eventually purchase their own weapons.