Courtesy in the dojo is more than just a tradition, it is an integral part of Aikido training. By creating a harmonious atmosphere, it aids in learning; and by practicing kindness towards others you work toward self-improvement. A dojo is a special place where people come together for mutual benefit. Here are a few simple things that are considered common courtesy in almost any dojo.
There are many facets of dojo etiquette. The best way to learn is through observation, remembering that new students will soon be watching you in hopes of gaining information.
Aikido uses the traditional Japanese kyu and dan ranking system. In our dojo, there are two belts: white and black. However there are six white belt (kyu) ranks and ten black belt (dan) ranks. Progress through the ranks not only reflects technical ability, but also an understanding of the intent and spirit of Aikido. There are minimum time requirements for ranking. However, these are only guidelines and the technical requirements must also be met. Testing is done on an individual basis and is the final stage in determining whether all the criteria have been met. North Texas Aikido has no testing fees. We do not sell belts. If you get a rank in this dojo, you can be assured you will have earned it. It will take years for you to achieve the rank of shodan (1st degree black belt). Then, looking back, you will realize that the destination wasn't the important thing - it was the journey.