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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started? Do I need to wait until the beginning of the season to start?

Unlike some activities like basketball or baseball, you can begin classes anytime. There really isn't a "season," and you can practice year-round. Your first class is free.


What do I wear for my first class?

Wear a t-shirt or sweat shirt and loose-fitting pants. If you already have a martial arts uniform, you are welcome to wear it with a white belt.

How often should I come to class?

The more frequently you come to class, the more quickly you learn. While three times a week is ideal for your training, it may not be practical for you, given the busy schedules so many of us have. Twice a week is good. The most important thing is to practice regularly, as frequently as possible.


Will martial arts increase aggressiveness in my child?

On the contrary, martial arts training can help children to calm down and be aware of bullying. From the beginning, children will learn that skills are for self-defense, not to hurt each other. Throughout training, they will be taught that being physically and mentally tough does not allow one to be tough with others. Instead, students are expected to be humble, courteous, respectful and careful about when and where they practice their skills.


Why should my family members join?

Many enjoy coming to our family-friendly center combining an exciting workout with a new learning experience. You will understand your child’s effort and appreciate it more. You will also have more bonding time sharing the same activity with your child. You have your choice of attending separate adults’ & kids’ classes or coming together to our family classes. Sign up the whole family. Learn, grow and have fun together.


What is Aikido?

Aikido is a non-competitive Japanese martial art that emphasizes the integration of mind, body, and spirit. Rather than meeting aggression with aggression, the defender blends with the attack, redirecting the energy back to the attacker. Techniques end in a throw or pin, and may include defenses against either empty-hand or weapons attacks. Benefits include increased coordination, flexibility, and aerobic conditioning, as well as greater self-confidence, focus, and discipline. Students learn self-defense skills, and with consistent practice, are better able to manage stress, conflict, and anger.


Do you have contracts?

There are no student contracts; ongoing dues are paid monthly (with discounts for additional family members and quarterly advance payments).


How do I make a donation to help the Center?

Our center runs on funding from outside sources - if you are interested in helping us carry out our mission, please contact the director at 219-736-7854 or email. Thank you!

How do I become a student?

Call us at (219) 736-7854 or just drop by the dojo during a class. Wear something loose-fitting and comfortable if you want to begin training right away.

Contact Info

Phone: (219) 736-7854

Email: info@shugyoculturalcenter.org

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