Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between hard, soft and ki styles of aikido?
Ki Aikido was established in the early 1970’s By Tohei Sensei who was the Chief Instructor for O’Sensei who was the founder of Aikido in the 1940’s. Tohei Sensei deliberately set the new training program for Ki Society to have a central focus on Ki training as a special focus from the traditional original Aikikai Training.

Does the Aikido Ki Dojo only provide training in the ki style?
Ki Society Brisbane essentially follows the International Ki Society curriculum.

How can I tell what is the most appropriate style for me?
The best way to find out what is the most appropriate style is to try out the various styles before making a final decision.

Are there any differences in the training of aikido within the same style? Are the same techniques taught in every dojo?
There are many thousands of techniques and variations in the Aikido world. The constant across all these variations is the underpinning Ki principles that should be evident within any of the thousands of variations.

How physical is the training in aikido? Is there a risk that I can get injured?
Aikido is a martial art and there will always be a risk of injury. A prospective student needs to take this risk into account when undertaking training.

Can I train without having to eventually undergo testing for the coloured belts?
That situation is certainly possible after discussion with the Teacher. However passage through the coloured belts is an essential part of the internal development of Ki. The word test (fail and pass) as applied to traditional educational contexts is different to its meaning within a martial art context.

How long does the typical student take to attain the level of black belt?
Most students who attend classes regularly are awarded a black belt at around three years after beginning training.

As a beginner, do I train in a class with other beginners?
Beginner classes have best outcomes where Senior Students are in attendance to train and to lead the new students. Training in these classes will always be at the basic level.

Can I begin attending classes at any time, or does a course have a set start date?
A new student can begin classes at any time and there are also times when a date might be set for a Beginners course.

Once I start a course, do I have to attend every class to complete a course, or can I skip some classes and continue where I last left off?
There is not a requirement to attend every consecutive class in order to complete a course.