Uchideshi/Dojosei Program

further your knowledge of Aikido by living in the dojo and train

Uchideshi/Dojosei Training

Aikido Shudokan offers Aikido practitioners who practice the Yoshinkan style of Aikido the chance to further their knowledge of Aikido by living in the dojo. As a dojosei or uchideshi, you are required to attend every class, including after-class training, in addition to completing duties to contribute to the upkeep of the dojo. The life of a dojosei and uchideshi can be difficult physically and mentally but the efforts that a student puts in will be matched with equal reward. This is a traditional Japanese system where the student is given a great opportunity to learn the budo by immersing themselves in an environment which fosters this learning.

The dojo has several sleeping quarters where students can stay for a period of time. It also has all the facilities you need such as a kitchen, a laundry and showers, and you will be sharing the stay with the teacher, providing you with a greater opportunity for learning.

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Past dojosei have written about their experiences

My Dojosei Experience

Michal Pabiasz’s experience being a Dojosei

The Dojosei Life

Tadashi Narita’s Experience being a Dojosei

The English Boys

Tim Bobak, Adam Taylor & Alistair Travis Experience being a Dojosei

Dan’s Experience

Dan’s one month training experience being a Dojosei

Sotodeshi Program

excel in your aikido, whilst allowing you to continue with your day-to-day life

To participate, you will need to commit to a certain number of classes per week, assist in childrens classes and complete some duties around the dojo. There are two streams of the soto-deshi program open to students, depending on how much you can commit to. The two streams are:

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A Steam
  • Training in 5 classes per week
  • Assisting in 2 childrens classes per week
  • Training in 1 private class per week
B Stream
  • Training in 3 classes per week
  • Assisting in 1 childrens class per week
  • Training in 1 private class per week
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Application Process
  • speak with a Shudokan instructor
  • make a formal written application stating:
    • the program stream;
    • the timeframe; and
    • the reasons for application
    • ask a Shudokan instructor

All soto-deshi must:

  • arrive at least 30 minutes before class starts
  • remain training on the mats until all instructors have left the mats
  • remain in dogi until change permitted
  • assist with basic dojo upkeep as requested
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