The Flow of Trial Lessons and Memberships

Beginners welcome! Let’s start Aikido and have fun

Aikido is a wonderful martial art that anyone of all ages and genders can start casually with their own pace and continue for a long time.

There are no competitions in Aikido. We do not compete with others but focus on self-improvement only (your rival is yourself from yesterday!).

We believe Aikido has the potential to enrich the lives of everyone.

The Flow of Trial Lessons and Memberships


Please check the class schedule and express your interest in observing or experiencing (up to 2 sessions) via the contact form or email (, and let us know your preferred timing. We will respond within 24 hours.
Check the Class Schedule

Participate in an Observation or Trial Lessons

Observation can be done as many times as you like, and trial lessons are available up to 2 times (for adults, two hours each; for children, one hour each, twice), allowing you ample opportunity to get a feel for the atmosphere of the dojo. You can leave at any point during observation, and the trial experience is conducted one-on-one or in small groups by a designated instructor, making it accessible even for beginners. We respect your decision-making process and assure you that there will be no persistent solicitation when considering enrollment, so please feel at ease.

Membership Enrollment

Once you have gained some understanding of the training content and atmosphere at Aishinkan and wish to continue practicing, please inform Dojo-chief Ogawa of your desire to enroll. The initial fees typically include an enrollment fee (¥3000 to ¥5000), sports insurance (¥1000 to ¥2000), and the cost of a training uniform (¥3000 to ¥10000).

Join the Class

For beginners, during the first 10 sessions, we offer a ‘Beginner Period’ where instruction focuses on one-on-one or small-group basics. Please feel at ease, and join at a timing that suits you best.

Challenge Advancement in Rank(”Kyu” and ”Dan”)

Based on attendance and proficiency, you will become eligible to take examinations. While exams are not mandatory, setting them as goals can be a key to long-term commitment. Feel free to take on the challenge!


If you have any questions about enrollment or Aikido, feel free to ask. Below, I have compiled some frequently asked questions for your reference.

I’m interested in Aikido. What kind of training is involved?

In Aikido, participants divided into ‘uke’ (the one receiving the technique) and ‘tori’ (the one applying the technique), engage in various techniques. For those with no prior experience, instructors provide one-on-one guidance, starting from basic movements to ensure a comfortable learning experience. At Aishinkan, we offer two free trial sessions and observations (as many times as you’d like). Please feel free to visit the dojo and, through observing or experiencing the training, discover the joy of Aikido for yourself.

Please tell me about the membership process and purchasing a training uniform.

We welcome new members at any time. Please fill in the necessary information on the provided application form and submit it along with the enrollment fee of ¥5,000 and the annual sports insurance fee of ¥2,000 (¥1,000 for children).

For training attire, we primarily use Aikido uniforms, but any Aikido gi, judo gi, or karate gi is acceptable. There are no specified uniforms or designated sellers, so feel free to purchase from any store. Here are some examples of stores.

How can I achieve rank advancement in Aikido?

Upon completing the designated training days, you become eligible to take the rank examination. By successfully completing the practical exam, you can attain a new kyu or dan level. While Aikido does not involve competitions or rivalry with others, challenging yourself to rank advancement is a way to assess your personal progress.

Do I need to attend every Aikido practice, and can you tell me about the fees?

You are free to attend training at your own pace. To make training flexible and enjoyable, you can choose between monthly or per-session payments, depending on your convenience (for general members only). Even with monthly payments, if there are months where you cannot attend training due to personal reasons, the fee for that month is not required.

In other words, once you join, you only pay for the sessions you attend. This unique fee structure allows for flexibility, making it possible for anyone to continue practicing for an extended period.


Here are some reviews about trial experiences. (The number of trial sessions is currently reduced from 3 to 2)

Male in his 40s (Thursday, July 11, 2019, 06:47 AM)
“I was practicing Aikido during my university days as a club activity. One day, feeling nostalgic, I watched Aikido videos on the internet, and I got the urge to try it again. I thought, ‘I wonder if there’s a place in Kyoto where I can learn?’ So, I searched and found the Aishinkan website. When I checked the content, it was explained very carefully, and with the added offer of ‘3 free trial sessions,’ I thought, ‘Let’s give it a try.’Upon visiting the dojo, I was warmly welcomed. I thought, ‘Oh, this place has a good vibe.’ I had a fun practice session. It had been a while, and I was concerned about how my body would move, but they took care to ensure there were no injuries, and I felt comfortable receiving techniques.I also appreciated the relaxed atmosphere, where I could drink water anytime. After thoroughly experiencing three sessions, I decided to join and have been enjoying my time here. Practicing Aikido makes me feel like I’m back in my university days, and it’s a lot of fun. Looking forward to continuing. Thank you!”

Pitbull (Monday, June 3, 2019, 14:18)
“Since my child is still young, it’s been challenging to find suitable activities, but if I were to start, I always thought it would be Aikido. I had been looking at the Kokorokan website for a while, thinking, ‘If I’m going to learn, it must be here!’ From that moment, I felt that I could continue if it’s here. When I emailed to inquire about the free trial, the response was incredibly polite, and I looked forward to the trial day. During the actual free trial, everyone, including the teacher, was kind and patient, just as everyone had written in the reviews. I decided to join after the first free trial, but since you can experience two more times, please come when you can! I thought it was very considerate. After joining, I’ve been enjoying the lessons every week, thanks to the thoughtful guidance from Sensei Ogawa and the senior members. I am grateful.”

Pineapple Kobayashi (Thursday, May 30, 2019, 15:40)
”It’s reassuring to be separated for practice with experienced individuals and receive careful guidance.In the world, I think there are many martial arts practices that are strict and stoic, but I was surprised by Sensei Ogawa’s generous and tolerant attitude! It left a strong impression on me.I have poor memory and slow body movements, but receiving warm words of encouragement made me decide to join without getting discouraged. Although it’s a different field, as I work in a job that involves guiding people, I feel there’s a lot to learn not only about Aikido itself but also about communication with others.”

20s University Student (Friday, June 7, 2019, 10:02)
I had always admired martial arts and was looking for a dojo that welcomes adult beginners. I found this site, tried the three free trial sessions, and thought the atmosphere was very positive and enjoyable. That’s when I decided to join.It’s only been a month since I started, but the teacher is humorous and kind, the training is careful and easy to understand, and I’m satisfied every time. The reasonably priced monthly fee, which benefits from the student discount, is much appreciated for students.With the help of the teacher and senior members, I look forward to continuing my practice in the future. Thank you very much!”

Thank you for reading this far!

Through this page, I hope you have developed some interest in Aikido and Aishinkan. I look forward to meeting you in practice or observation. Thank you!