Youth Program Membership


ANNOUNCEMENT: The Passing of Lewis Cuffy, 5th Dan, Aikido Shobukan Dojo


Children’s Saturday class will be from 8:00 to 9 AM, followed by teens. Children’s Tuesday and Wednesday classes will be from 5 until 6 PM. Teen classes will be from 9 to 10:15 on Saturdays, following the children, and on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 PM. There will be no class on the following dates for the 2019 – 2020 program year:

  • Nov 26th – Nov 28th — Thanksgiving
  • Dec 21nd – Jan 4th — Winter Break
  • April 7-11th — Spring Break
  • May 23rd — Memorial Day
  • End of year demonstration and party— June 6th

Please note that the Youth Schedule generally follows the Montgomery County School System for days off due to snow and other weather related issues.


Dues for the Youth Program, both the Children’s and Teen classes are $75/month for each student. For families with more than one youth enrolled, the fee for the second child will be $65/month, and for those with three, the third will be $55/month. The Dues listed are for recurring payments, by credit card or bank draft. Dues paid by check are $10 more per child/family. Checks can be made out to Aikido Shobukan Dojo, or ASD. Please write “youth program” and your child’s name in the memo area. Checks should be placed in the Black Box in the office.

Forms for automated payment of dues will be available on and after September after each new year.

Please keep in mind that the monthly fee permits attendance at all three Children’s classes a week, and Teens may attend all those classes plus the two Teen classes each week.


To facilitate communication, we collect home and email addresses and phone numbers for all families. We ask all families participating in the Youth Program to provide their contact information, and to periodically check their contact information to ensure it is up to date.


Promotions and belts are awarded at the discretion of the instructors.

Community Service

Community service is a school requirement for many of our high school students. We could use the help of a teen or two for the Children’s classes, especially during the weekday classes. If any teen is interested, we can explore the school’s requirements and the necessary record-keeping.

Dojo Etiquette

  1. If you plan to watch class, please turn your cell phones off.
  2. Please keep the volume of your conversations to a minimum during class time.
  3. Parents may sit on the back deck during class; however,  once class has begun you may not cross the mat to go on the deck or leave the deck until class has ended.