FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I join the Hilo Seishikan Aikido?
Just come down to the dojo during one of the regularly scheduled classes and speak to one of the instructors. The instructor will give you general information about Aikido, and Hilo Seishikan Aikido. If you decide to join Hilo Seishikan Aikido, you will be asked to pay the registration fee and sign registration and waiver forms.
What are the club dues and fees?
Club dues are $15 a month and allow a student to practice in any of the classes conducted by Hilo Seishikan Aikido appropriate to his/her level of training. Students in the Children's Aikido class pay a special discounted dues of $10 a month. There is also a family rate of $30 a month. In addition, there is a one-time registration fee of $5 and a $1 club patch fee.
What does my membership entitle me to?
Membership in Hilo Seishikan Aikido allows a student to attend any of the regularly scheduled classes and also participate in all club activities.
How do I know which class(es) to attend?
Students are encouraged to observe all of the classes in order to determine which ones they would like to join. In addition, the class instructors are available to suggest which classes may best suit a student.
Where is the dojo located?
Hilo Seishikan Aikido practices at the Waiakea Recreation Center, located on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo.
Do I need special clothing or equipment?
Students are required to wear gi. However, for the first few lessons, a student may come to the dojo in "comfortable" clothing. Depending on the class you attend, you may also be required to purchase a bokken, jo, and tanto.
What are the ranks/belt colors in Hilo Seishikan Aikido?
White--Green--Yellow--Orange--Blue--Purple--Brown--Black. Black belt members are allowed to wear hakama.
Who is the Chief Instructor of Hilo Seishikan Aikido?
Stephen Adams-sensei is the Chief Instructor. Adams-sensei is the administrator of the Department of Education-Hawaii District School Based Behavioral Health program and a former vice principal at Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School in Hilo. He has trained in aikido since 1972. Roy Yonemori-sensei is the Senior Instructor of the Hilo Seishikan Aikido. He is a retired school teacher. Yonemori-sensei previously served as the Chief Instructor of Hilo Seishikan Aikido and Hilo Ki-Aikido Club and has been training in aikido since 1968.
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