Do I need to buy any equipment?
The answer to this is no – unless you want to! Aikido students do not “spar” like the sport-style or competitive-focused martial arts, so an expensive set of pads or protective equipment is not needed.
We do train with wooden weapons common in Japanese martial arts such as bokken (wooden sword), tanto (wooden dagger), and jo (wooden staff). You can purchase these through our dojo if you’d like your own, but our dojo has a supply of extras you can use during classes.
You’re welcome to purchase a gi or uniform through our dojo or purchase one on your own. You can also train without any gi purchase – the important part is to train!
I hope this can be useful for you. As always, contact us if you have any questions or concerns and we will be happy to connect you to answers!