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For Members

Fall 2018

One Foot in Front of the Other

Dear Dojo Students,

“Mae Muki Ni” is a Japanese saying about remaining positive and continuing to move in a positive direction. For me, this means trusting the process of just putting one foot in front of the other along the path to ever deeper levels of Aikido practice.

While we are provided milestones along the way, in terms of kyu and dan exams, there is simply no end point to the possibility of development in Aikido. I love knowing that the depths of Aikido are infinite, that I will never run out of challenges and discoveries.

Progression in Aikido is correlated with frequency of training, finding space in our busy lives to accommodate this non-financial, not-professional pursuit. I stand in awe when HOSF students manage to train frequently in the face of so many work and family responsibilities.

Personally, I have never regretted the many hours, over 38 years, that I have carved out for training. And it was never an end goal that drew me forward, but simply fascination with the next step.

I encourage you to contemplate and trust in this useful Japanese saying, Mae Muki Ni. It has worked for me, my teachers and my teachers’ teachers, so I happily pass it onto you. One step in front of the other, as frequently as you are able.

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.

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