90 Mycenae Road
London SE3 7SE
phone: 07890 672980
Health and Safety:
YOU MUST STOP AIKIDO TRAINING IMMEDIATELY IF, AT ANY TIME AT ALL OR FOR ANY REASON AT ALL, YOU ARE INJURED OR FEEL UNWELL OR DO NOT WANT TO CONTINUE.
Aikido training should not pose any particular problem to someone with normal health and fitness. However, the risk of injury or illness from aikido training can never be ruled out, and prospective members are required to read and sign a ‘risk warning’ as part of their application. The aim of this warning is to make the reader aware of the risks inherent in aikido training so that he or she can make an informed decision on whether or not to take part.
Aikido training is a form of physical exercise: all members – prospective and existing – must seek professional medical advice if they have, or think they might have, any injury, illness or condition which may mean they should not undertake physical exercise or aikido training.
Aikido training involves close physical contact and students should maintain a high standard of personal hygiene and remove any make-up. Your keikogi (or other clothing) must be clean, odour free and in reasonable condition. Foot hygiene is particularly important and students must wear shoes or sandals between the changing room and dojo.
To reduce the risk of injury, please keep finger/toe nails short and tie back long hair. Watches and jewellery must be removed (items which cannot be removed must be covered with a plaster or tape as must any cuts or sores).
Any injuries in class should be dealt with immediately and any blood should be removed as soon as possible. As soon as practical a note should be made in the attendance book: person(s) injured; circumstance of injury; nature of injury; treatment given; and any other action taken.
Members of the BAF, on payment of a premium as part of the BAF annual membership fee, are covered by ‘member-to-member liability and personal accident insurance’ when training at an affiliated club. No other insurance is provided or implied by membership. Like all insurance schemes, there are important conditions and limitations to the BAF scheme which may mean that the scheme does not apply to an individual in whole or part.
Personal circumstances vary so each person is responsible for deciding if the scheme is applicable and suitable to them: see Joint Aikikai Council Insurance. Prospective members are required to read and sign ‘insurance advice as part of their application. The aim of this advice is to make the reader aware there are conditions to the insurance scheme which may mean the scheme does not apply to her or him even if a fee has been paid.
Information from each member’s application form is held electronically and shared between dojo instructors and officials. Prospective members are invited to consent for personal information to be held on the databases of the dojo as part of their application: these databases are not shared with third parties nor used for non-aikido purposes.
Members will be asked on an annual basis to confirm that the information held by the dojo is accurate, and members may request a copy of their stored information at any time.
Advice on Equipment
We recommend new students not to buy a keikogi (training suit) or other equipment until they join the dojo and the BAF: clean, loose and inexpensive clothing is quite acceptable initially (but please avoid any garish / offensive designs, images or words). Any keikogi should be white in colour with minimal branding and design (most students wear a ‘judo style’ suit but some prefer a ‘karate style’ and other styles are also available). If needed, please speak to an instructor or senior student for advice on the knot used to tie the obi (belt).
We do not dictate specific makes of brands and students are free to purchase from any supplier. Having said that, the dojo is a member of a loyalty scheme which allows it – on behalf of members – to buy suits and other equipment at reduced cost from Nine Circles Ltd. The dojo passes on any reductions in full. Please speak to a senior student or instructor if you have any questions about what suit or other equipment to buy.