Uchi no deshi
Japanese term meaning personal student of the dojo Sensei. One who lives and trains in the dojo, totally immersing him/herself in "The Way."

Commitment or "The dojo is always first"
A person applying for uchi deshi status should understand that this commitment is not to be taken lightly. Although the rewards for one who totally immerses her/himself in Aikido training are great, the hardship of uchi deshi life can also be great. Everything is training. Living conditions are austere, while the demands for care and cleaning of the dojo and attention to the needs and wishes of the Sensei are unrelenting. Training is top priority in the life of an uchi deshi. This training is not only more demanding than that asked of the dojo members at large, but more frequent. For these reasons, one should consider very carefully before committing to a period of study as an uchi deshi. Make sure you read and understand the uchideshi policies!

To apply as uchideshi, a letter of recommendation of the current teacher is required.

Living arrangements and costs
A space above the mat area is provided as living / sleeping quarters for the uchi deshi for a minimal rent. This personal space is to be maintained in an orderly fashion at all times. The deshi is expected to pay a monthly training fee. All of Sensei’s seminars are gratis unless someone else is teaching. Check the uchideshi fee structure page


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