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02-25-2010, 07:41 AM
Hello to all, I was asking me how much money you pay in your aikidojos, a friend told me that in USA the aikido`s class is very xpensive is th truth???

Here I pay $30.00 for each month . Monday until friday.

Adam Huss
02-25-2010, 08:54 AM

It all depends on the school's pay program and how big of a city it is located near.

Most do a monthly program, with an additional annual fee for the national/international organization, plus additional testing fees when one tests.

Others do belt programs that are a large sum of money that includes all the classes, annual dues, testing fees (with unlimited test/retest opportunities), etc.

There are variations to both, of course.

Eva Antonia
02-26-2010, 03:21 AM

I'm told that my dojo is one of the cheaper ones in Brussels; I pay 48 /month for a family of five; we can train as often as we want (there are 4 1,5 hour classes per week). Seminars usually cost 15 / session (2 - 3 h). But here we are heavily subsidised by our welfare state (that's for dojo rents, insurances and other costs), and the teachers normally don't earn their living with aikido, they have normal jobs and teach aikido besides.

Best regards,


Janet Rosen
02-26-2010, 10:38 AM

Boris Spassky
02-26-2010, 01:31 PM
$75 month.

In my area, San Diego, California the average monthly tuition seems to be around $100 month. These are full time dojo's though.

Just depends on your preference- There is also an excellent Aikido instructor that teaches at a local YMCA and the tuition for the month is $35, and the Sensei pays tuition to be there as well. (This is only 2 days per week though)


02-26-2010, 02:07 PM
My training has been lacking these past many years, but I believe it's still 65.00/month at Tsubaki Kannagara Dojo (options to train tue, thurs, fri and sat). At times when I had trouble paying that amount I was allowed to do work around the dojo to supplement.

George S. Ledyard
02-26-2010, 04:21 PM
Aikido tends to be consistently under valued when compared to other martial arts. The national average for martial arts training, according to some trade journals I receive, is now around $140 / month. Aikido dues are on the low end of that usually.

Clubs which operate out of community centers and such can charge less, of course. That's how many teachers get started. But to have a nice facility takes more commitment. We charge $120 / month. This is below the average for our area but on the high end for Aikido schools. The dojo does alright but financially really only pays my taxes and some training. It's a joke if you calculate the income on an hourly basis.

I can almost guarantee you that, if you check out other martial arts or even activities like yoga, dance, etc you will find that Aikido is on the low end of the expense range.

Allen Beebe
02-26-2010, 04:37 PM
I don't know, I think your dojo sounds very reasonable George. For many years now I've been paying nearly 2K/mo. to train at my dojo. And the cleaning, maintenance/repairs, heating, electricity, etc. costs are all extra.

I'd say that at least my students pay me respect . . . but I don't like to lie! :uch:


(Heck, I'd pay $140/mo. just to sleep on your couch! Mmmmm, comfy!!)

02-26-2010, 05:52 PM
Ours is $75/month.

02-26-2010, 08:06 PM
ok thanks for all the comments, my friend told me that 1hour in the united states cost:$300.00....wow I said

02-26-2010, 10:50 PM
I have never heard of a private lesson being anywhere near that price.

ilia rudnitskiy
02-27-2010, 12:23 AM
$400/year here

George S. Ledyard
02-27-2010, 01:13 AM
ok thanks for all the comments, my friend told me that 1hour in the united states cost:$300.00....wow I said
I get $75 - $100 / hour for private lessons. I have never heard any Aikido teacher charge more than that.

03-02-2010, 04:39 PM
My husband and I pay about $200 a month for unlimited aikido classes a week, 2 iaido classes a week and tai chi once a week. It really varies on the teach, the dojo and the location of the dojo. Go to a big city and the prices are higher then if you are in the middle of nowhere.

Chris Farnham
03-02-2010, 06:28 PM
My first dojo in the states was 80$ a month for unlimited classes, and classes were offered 7 days a week. I believe that they have gone up to 90 since I moved to Japan. I have noticed that dojos in Japan that 1) have their own dojo and 2) offer classes 5 to 7 days a week tend to run between 5000yen and 8000yen a month. I believe that Hombu dojo is more like 15000yen for unlimited practice. The exchange rate is currently around 91 yen to the dollar. I currently pay dues at two clubs that practice in various Budokans and school Judo/Kendo dojos. One club has practice 4 times a week at various locations for 4500yen a year and 300yen per practice. The other club has practice on Saturdays and Sundays for 2500yen a month. In Japan, clubs that have their own dedicated dojos are quite rare, so cheap training is pretty easy to find. But then again, just about every town has at least one Budokan or community center equipped with at least one room with Judo mats, and nearly every Jr High and High School has a Kendo, and Judo dojo, so even clubs without a dojo usually have decently equipped training facilities.

03-19-2010, 08:16 AM
At my dojo it's around 50 euro for 3 months.
Or 180 for 1 year.
2 times 2 hours a week

That quite cheap in comparison to a dojo in Brussels I know where it's 50 euro per month.

03-19-2010, 09:50 AM
I charge 6 per lesson per person at my place or 22 per month if you pay monthly. This gets you one 2hr lesson a week. It was only recently that the finances got into the black for our dojo, my wife and I put 1000 of our own money into getting it running and we were only just paid that back.... the dojo opened in September 2008.

Walter Martindale
03-19-2010, 01:51 PM
Aikido Shinryukan Canterbury- Christchurch NZ,
$40/month or $440/year.
Special visits from shihan incur per shihan or per session costs (e.g., $50 for a month of up to 3/week with one shihan, or $20 per session)

03-20-2010, 09:09 AM
Calgary Aikikai, Alberta Canada

Adults train 5 x 1 1/2 hours per week
Children have 2 x 1 hour per week
Monthly Yearly
Adults $80.00 $800.00
Students $70.00 $700.00
Youth $60.00 $600.00
Children $50.00 $500.00

I seriously think, as an Aikido community, we undervalue our art if you compare us to yoga etc.

Michael Vlug
03-20-2010, 09:56 AM
Aikido Rotterdam Tenchigowa, The Netherlands

32 euro per month, max. of 6 classes (1,5 hours) per week.

Seminars usually between 10 and 17,50 euro.