Frequently Asked Questions

About studying at Aikido Shudokan.

What if I am Unfit?

All teaching is tailored to the individual so if you haven’t been doing much regular exercise recently, the intensity of the class will be adjusted accordingly. With regular training, your fitness and flexibility will improve.

Can I bring a friend?

Yes! They’re very welcome. Please let us know that you will be bringing a friend and tell us your friend’s name.

When Should I arrive?

Please arrive 30 minutes before the class so the instructor can welcome you and so you have time to join the warmup session that starts 15 minutes prior to class.

When are the classes?

Check the Training Centres page for your nearest dojo and to see a timetable of available class times. Any of the beginners classes will be suitable.


You’ll notice students bow with respect and remove their shoes when entering the dojo and the training hall. Punctuality, respect and cleanliness are also important. Read more about our etiquette.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothes such as a t-shirt and tracksuit pants. If you have a uniform from another martial art, you are welcome to wear that. Also remove any jewellery as these can be dangerous or get damaged during practice.

What are gradings like?

Depending on your level, gradings are conducted every two to four months. They involve you demonstrating with a partner the skills and techniques in your syllabus to the examiners and any other students testing. To find more visit our  Gradings page for further information.

What are classes like?

For adults, classes involve doing a warm-up, basic movements and sometimes, some falling practice. We then usually partner up and practice a couple of techniques and then finish with faster techniques or applied Aikido.
For children, classes involve doing a warm-up, coordination and fitness exercises, falling practice, techniques and often finishing with some games. These classes are strict but fun and help children develop discipline, fitness, coordination and teamwork.

Please read our Your Class Experience Page for further information.

Aikido Shudokan was the first Yoshinkan style dojo in Australia;

founded by Joe Thambu Shihan in 1980, and has schools in Heidelberg West, Springvale, Altona, Albury and Geelong, teaching men, women and children.


Test the water with a FREE Class at our Heidelberg or Springvale Training Centres.

To get your free class, fill in the form or call (03) 9440 7028.

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