Fees and Costs
Students of a traditional dojo recognize that membership dues support the existence of the dojo, and are not simple payments in exchange for instruction. An individual membership is $125 per month, while a family membership—which can include a spouse and dependents over the age of 14 years—is $195 per month. New students can commence training at any time, with the first month’s dues prorated to the point of the month the member begins training. New members must also designate a bank account from which subsequent dues will be submitted by means of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). We do not use membership contracts. EFT arrangements can be changed or stopped at any time, provided written notice is submitted to the dojo prior to the 25th of the month, in order to effect changes for the subsequent month.
There are no fees for rank examinations within our dojo.
Required Training Equipment and Certification Fees
New members of the aikijutsu-kai need only a judo-style uniform and a pair of zori (sandals), both of which are available through the dojo for a total of $100 to $125, depending on sizes. Eventually, a bokken (wooden sword) will be required — those used for aikijutsu cost about $50. Because certification of ranks and licenses for the aikijutsu-kai is entirely in-house, no additional fees are charged.
The uniform and bokken (wooden sword) required for training cost about $250 to $275. We can provide a list and links for ordering online. Members of our kenjutsu-kai are also members of the Reigakudo, the Ono-ha Itto-ryu headquarters dojo in Japan. Itten Dojo covers fees for the lower category of membership, from regular dues here. Persons wishing to be considered for formal rank and/or certification pay a $100 initiation fee and $200 annual membership fees to the Reigakudo Foundation.
The uniform and bokken (wooden sword) required to start training cost about $225. Within several months, students will also need to purchase an iaito (unsharpened, training sword), which will cost about $300 for a basic iaito of good quality. We can provide a list and links for ordering online. Certification of ranks is issued by the Shudokan Martial Arts Association, an international organization supporting authentic, heritage martial arts. An associate membership in the SMAA is $25 per year, but does not provide the opportunity for certification of rank. At the point of testing for sankyu, a year or so into training, we recommend upgrading to a full membership that allows certification of rank (the fee is $30 per year). The fee for certification of a promotion below black-belt level is also $30.
Itten Dojo regularly hosts senior instructors to present seminars for our members (and sometimes outside guests). When we schedule one of these events, attendees of the training may be asked to contribute a fee—usually about $75 to $150—to help defray the costs of the instructor’s expenses and honorarium.
There is a tradition in Japan that money is vulgar. When payments for other than electronic submission of dues are necessary, it’s most appropriate to enclose the cash or check in a shugi-bukuro (money envelope) and place the payment on the chief instructor’s desk. Noshi is dried albacore, and the tradition is that giving noshi is a gift of food, rather than a payment of cash, and always appropriate. If you look on the shugi-bukuro, you will see an image of a folded paper enclosing a fish—that’s the noshi. A PDF of a shugi-bukuro can be downloaded from the link below. Be sure to write your name and the purpose of the payment on the envelope.
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