MIT Aikido Kokikai Club

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

  1. What is Aikido Kokikai?
    It is a defensive, nonviolent, Japanese martial art in which we use the opponent's energy rather than our own to overcome the opponent. Thus you do not have to be really big and strong to be good at it. People of all ages and physical compositions can participate.

  2. Do I have to have any prior experience in martial arts or otherwise to join?
    No! All you need is enthusiasm and interest. As you practice, you will become more flexible, stronger, more coordinated, balanced, and comfortable with the way the human body moves.

  3. What should I wear?
    Just come in sweatpants and a t-shirt or longsleeved sweatshirt. Please remove all jewelry including necklaces and large earrings. Simple wedding bands. You may want to invest in a Gi (uniform) if you intend to continue. These cost about $50-$60 and last for years.

  4. How much does it cost?
    Club dues are $40 per year. That makes us one of the least expensive martial arts clubs on campus. There are also fees to test for belt levels, which start at $40. There is a fee of $20 for lifetime membership in the organization, usually collected along with the first belt-test fee.

  5. How often are belt tests done?
    The short answer: Don't worry about it. Focus instead on constantly improving coordination of mind and body.
    But if you're really insistent: Testing depends upon individual attendance and progress. There are minimum time and attendance requirements. You are not tested very often. If you practice regularly, expect to be tested at most twice in your first year. After that you will probably be tested only once a year.

  6. Do I need to be an MIT Affiliate to train with the club?
    You need to have access to MIT's athletic facilities. For details on who is eligible and how to get an athletic card, visit MIT Recreation Member Services. In addition, Aikido Kokikai is an MIT Club Sports club, so you must be a student, staff, faculty, or a spouse or registered partner of one of these to become a member.

  7. I'm not an MIT Affiliate. Where else in Boston can I study Aikido Kokikai?

Well, if you have any other questions feel free to send e-mail to

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Thanks to the Kokikai Aikido Ann Arbor club for providing much of the substance of this page.