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Programs

Uchideshi

Individuals who apply for the uchideshi program must put their training and the dojo above their own personal needs for the duration of their apprenticeship. Applications will be considered for a period of up to three months; after this point, an interview will be conducted to evaluate the student’s commitment to training. Uchideshi must:

~Attend all classes at the dojo. This includes training in Aikido, Weapons, Iaido and Zen. An approximate day is four hours of training, plus self study.

~Perform daily samu. Samu, or work practice, will include: cleaning, repairs to the dojo, cooking, and other necessary dojo related projects.

~Attend any and all local seminars that are being held while in our program.

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Kenshusei Program

A Kenshusei is a special trainee who undergoes the training necessary to become an Aikido Instructor.  Kenshusei, having taken a particular course and upon successfully passing the examination to graduate, will be entitled to receive a teaching certificate to include grading authority from Birankai International, in accordance with the international regulations of the Aikido Headquarters (Hombu Dojo), Tokyo Japan.

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Soto Deshi Program

A Soto Deshi lives outside of the dojo, but is interested in deepening their Aikido and martial arts training, above that of the general member. Soto Deshi are required to train a minimum of 9 class hours per week, including Iaido, and Zazen.

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Junior Kenshusei Program

For students that strive to develop themselves in Aikido through diligent and persistent effort, Aikido of Albuquerque offers a Junior Kenshusei Leadership Program

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