I have just discovered there is an Aikido dojo in our neighborhood. They do Iaido, but that’s listed under the weapons training. It says on the web site:
“After training at XXX dojo for a minimum of six months, students may begin weapons training with the permission of the chief instructor.”
It’s been probably 10 years since I did martial arts and I’d like to get back into it and I was particularly excited to see that they do Iaido. I was pretty let down when I saw that. I studied Karate to brown belt level in HS, we also did Kendo and sword kata. I also did a semester of Ki Aikido in college where we did some Iaido.
Would it be appropriate for me to ask if that is a hard rule or just for students new to martial arts? I don’t want to be rude, but the Iaido is the main reason I want to sign up. I also may be moving out of the city in a year so I don’t want to burn six months to only get to train for six months.