Aikido is a traditional martial art and potentially dangerous thus care must be exercised.
Do not execute techniques in a dangerous manner.
Listen to and watch your teacher (Sensei) to learn and follow what is being taught.
Your mastery of each movement will depend on your application and attitude.
During lessons, people should assist each other and maintain control to ensure a safe and enjoyable practice.
Practise at the level of your partners; taking into consideration their differing physical attributes.
Be responsible for your behaviour and practice.
Do not use superior skill to inflict pain needlessly or excessively.
Do not practise under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Wear suitable footwear to the edge of the mat, keeping your feet clean to ensure no dirt or grit is brought on to the mat.
Respect and courtesy to all is expected.
If you need to leave the mat tell your Sensei. This is a safety point.
Keep yourself and your training Gi clean.
Keep your toe and fingernails cut short.
Jewellery, watches and sharp objects should be removed.
Weapons should be maintained in a safe condition.
Weapons should not be carried except to and from practice and then not openly but in a bag.The Club's General meeting on 13th Jan 2009 approved these Safety rules / best practice. (Broadly based on the Lancashire Aikikai Rules of Practise)
The following document was approved in February 2022- building on the above which is retained historically.
As a Student you are responsible :
All members have a responsibility if they identify possible abuse or best practise not being followed to speak to a Club Coach, Club Welfare Officer, or the Aikikai’s Protection Officer. This comes from safeguarding polices in place for those under 18 years and vulnerable adults
Approved at a Club Meeting on 13th January 2009
Students who need glasses should wear the 'sports-safe' type. They should not practice without these or suitable contact lenses.
Rings or earrings that cannot be removed should be taped over.
For odd cuts and grazes it is suggested you carry your own plasters.
See our Code of Conduct page as well.
The Lancashire Aikikai page covers Weapons
Safety is every one's responsibility so anyone should alert the Coach or Official to any hazards or risks they find or encounter - as safety is paramount.
Where additional hazards are identified steps should be taken to limit or reduce any risk including reporting it as necessary.
The Club carries out periodic formal risk assessments at our dojo which is shared with the Coaching Team and Night Officials.
At each session the Club Night Official and Coach will check over the Dojo before class.
We record accidents and incidents as required by HSE and our Governing Body.
For historical record only the Dojo rules that were in the Club Constitution until it was revised on 21st July 2009 can be read here.