Shoreham Aikido Club

Some help for your first step



We want a relaxed, friendly BUT safe enviroment for you to learn; to maintain this, it is necessary to follow some guidelines that will ensure curtsey, respect and safety for everyone at all times.


For your first class here are some general rules to observe:




Getting ready


Wear loose clothing without zippers. A t-shirt or sweatshirt and loose trousers (track pants) are ideal. NEVER wear shoes on the mat. 


Safety & Hygiene


  • Keep clean and free of offensive odours
  • Make sure your feet are clean so that you don not bring dirt or small objects onto the mat
  • Wear slippers after changing and at all times when not on the mat
  • Remove watches and jewellery before training
  • Keep finger and toe nails trimmed
  • Make sure all cuts and bruises are bandaged or taped properly
  • Let the instructors know if you have recently had an injury or illness


Before & After Practice


Some venues require the mats for training to be put out and picked up at the end of class. Please help by trying to arrive early - "as many hands make light work!" 


If you are late


Please enter quietly in order not to disturb those who've already started practicing; wait until you are signalled to join the class.


During Practice


Proper respect and discipline should be maintained at all times. Let the instructors know if you need to leave the mat for any reason.










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