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Due to the coronavirus, all classes are currently being held online and outdoors, with masks and physical distancing.

For Members

Spring 2020

Dear Students,

As our dojo continues, we are shifting our practice to online and outdoor classes. These classes give us an opportunity to continue our training and stay connected as a community. An email is sent out to all students at the end of each week, containing the Zoom link for online classes as well as a sign-up sheet for the outdoor class.

I am also thinking ahead to when we return to in-person practice, and part of this is ensuring the financial viability of the dojo. Although we are practicing in a different way, our expenses (rent, insurance etc.) unfortunately are not and they continue as usual.

For this reason, I am asking that everyone continue to pay monthly dues if you can. My biggest concern is maintaining our rent payments to Slovenian Hall so that we don’t lose this space for the future. I know that some people will need to pay somewhat lower dues (an option for reduced dues is available below), and some may not be able to pay at all for a period of time, and so for those that can continue to pay this will be even more important than usual.

If you are in the position to pay more than usual, that would be so appreciated, and there is a “Donate” button for this below.

Please know that all of you are considered members of the dojo, regardless of whether or not you are able to pay dues at this time. No one needs to leave the dojo because of financial hardship.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturdays as we stay connected and shift to a new kind of practice.

Let’s stay connected. Let’s keep practicing.

Love to all,

"The secret of Aikido is to cultivate a spirit of love and protection for all living things." ~ Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei, Founder of Aikido


This lower pandemic rate is temporary, and changing circumstances may necessitate us switching back to our standard dues. For now, I’m glad we can offer this to make training together a little easier.

Temporary reduced rate: $75 per month

The regular dues payment options are still available below. We will continue to offer the two options available since April:

  1. Donate button for people who are able to pay more than the regular dues amount to help us maintain and retain the dojo space.
  2. Pay Now button for people who are hard hit financially by the virus and need to reduce their monthly payment during this crisis.

We ask you to do whatever you can to ensure the future of the dojo. Together, we can balance things out and keep the dojo going.

Pay by Credit Card or PayPal

Members pay dues monthly, either using the Paypal or credit card option or by sending checks.

LevelDescriptionOne MonthThree Months
Member $125 per month
$375 for three months
Low Income $115 per month
$345 for three months
$125 per month
(12 automatic monthly payments)
Low Income
$115 per month
(12 automatic monthly payments)

Annual dojo subscriptions may be cancelled through your PayPal account.
Please read Paypal's instructions for cancelling a subscription.

Donate to help maintain the dojo during the COVID-19 crisis

If you are able to make an additional donation, this will help offset those who are too hard hit financially by the coronavirus to pay their regular dues amounts.

Other monthly rates for those experiencing financial challenges

As we continue to train during this coronavirus pandemic, please continue to pay your dojo dues as best you can. If you are unable to pay the reduced or full monthly dues and need to pay less, please choose an amount you can afford.

Please pay what you are able:

Pay by Check

You may also use checks to pay dojo dues. Most people sending checks do so via their online banking service, arranging for the checks to arrive about 5 days before the first day of the month. Checks should be sent to our mailing address:

Heart of San Francisco Aikido
3041 Mission Street #125
San Francisco, CA 94110

Dojo Classes & Events

Due to the coronavirus, all classes are currently being held online and outdoors, with masks and physical distancing.

Aikido Terms Glossary

The practice of Aikido uses many Japanese words and phrases. This glossary is a brief introduction to some of the terms you will learn in your practice at our dojo.

Guidelines for Kyu and Shodan Exams

Remember there are guidelines - use them to aid your practice.

Review the exam guidelines >

On a test, you may be asked to demonstrate techniques which are not on this list. For that, the only preparation is to train regularly.

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