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For Members

January 2018

Dear Dojo Students,

The past year has been extraordinary, both for our dojo and for the art of Aikido.

It is often said that new students are the future of the art. During the past year, we have had quite a number of new students come to HOSF and embark on the path of Aikido. This influx was fueled the old-fashioned, non-digital, way – by word of mouth. How fitting for an art of physical, partnered practice!

While new students ensure the future of Aikido, the art of Aikido also requires the presence of longtime, dedicated advanced practitioners. In the past year, Alain and Antonio trained intensively and were promoted to nidan (2nd degree black belt) and sandan (3rd degree black belt), respectively. Each of them have practiced Aikido for over 20 years.

In addition, I also trained particularly intensively this past year and presented my godan (5th degree black belt) demonstration at Aikido of Santa Cruz in May. I am now in my 38th year of practice. Over the years, Aikido has brought me so many gifts – some measure of much-needed optimism that world peace and justice is possible, countless hours of joyful practice and the opportunity to know many wonderful people, including Aikidoists in other countries.

As 2018 gets underway, I am looking forward to witnessing the steady development of the many new students in our dojo as well as the further development of the mentorship and teaching capabilities of our more senior practitioners.

I encourage all of you to stay the path of Aikido in 2018, to rejoice in the touch of Aikido and to continue to communicate your experience to others via word of mouth.

Love to you all,

Dojo Dues Policy

Members pay dues monthly, either using the credit card / Paypal option or by sending checks. In order to insure the stability of the dojo, we ask that regular members also maintain their dues payments when they are going to miss all or most of the month due to vacations, etc.

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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)
Hardship If you are experiencing financial difficulty,
please speak with the chief instructor,
and we will try to work something out.
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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

Please check the dojo calendar for the class schedule and upcoming events.

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.

Dan Essays

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