What is an UCHI-DESHI? "Live In Student." A person dedicating his or her life solely to training for a period of time, usually no less than 4 months, typically 6 months or longer. The students either live IN the dojo or with the instructor.

Acceptance for the Uchi-Deshi Program is by essay application and then meeting the following requirements;

Priority #1: An Uchi-Deshi's 1st Priority is to his training and the training of his fellow Deshi.

Priority #2: To the upkeep and growth of the dojo. A healthy dojo depends on many friendly people.

Priority #3: To help the instructors by pitching in with youth and adult classes as needed.

Makoto = Sincerity

Students applying for an Uchi-Deshi spot should consider the decision carefully. His or her priorities will not be the same as most people they train with, know or come in contact with. An Uchi-Deshi is a person who has chosen a path that has few distractions. The lifestyle is mildly monastic. The lifestyle is dedicated to furthering the student's understanding of Budo and Bujutsu. During the training week the Uchi-Deshi students are expected to prioritize their lives around the training and the other students' training first, the upkeep of the dojo second, and then his or her personal life needs or goals. Students who cannot adapt their mindset to this unique lifestyle might not want to take on such a rigorous training path. The program is not a way to get a cheap rent! The dedication to the training, dojo and the other students must be paramount.

Our Living quarters for Uchi-Deshi are simple, yet comfortable. There are small "bedroom" areas for each of the students in a shared, common room. The building also has a quiet sun deck. In a separate building there is a Full kitchen, and a bathroom and shower. (Water conservation is a priority for ALL who live in the house.) There is a quiet private yard with gardens.

What the area lacks is cable TV, and other common modern life distractions. Computer use is fine, but should be limited so as not to serve as an addiction or distraction. Students are encouraged to read and study; meditate and contemplate on their training; exercise, and do some manual labor like carpentry or gardening to build the spirit and understand the value of completing tasks with the hands and body. Working with the hands on any task is an opportunity to find training in ANY activity and beauty within the work. Deshi life is simple, to focus on self-improvement. There is no Smoking, Drinking of alcohol, or recreational drug use permitted for Uchi-Deshi at all. Personal life and relationships must be only on the "weekend" days when the dojo closes. Personal life partners may not stay over at the Deshi living quarters. Visits must be kept chaste.

Training expectations are that the student attends all classes that he or she is eligible to attend, every week, and that he or she also helps with the children's program to some degree, as teaching children develops a different training attitude, technical curriculum and improves patience and compassion. Once skills have developed to the point where the student could teach other adult students, Uchi-Deshi are also expected to take on an adult basics or empty hand class, as part of his or her education. Teaching develops new ways of thinking about one's technique and hones already existent skills. Uchi-Deshi will also be required to attend all dojo training events, seminars and intensives. Special events are not included in the cost of the rent / housing dues, so the student should plan accordingly to save up for these events as there are a few each year.

Students failing to live up to their responsibilities as Uchi-Deshi may be excused from the program. This does not mean they are excused from the dojo however. Uchi-Deshi life is not for everyone, and the training requirements are vigorous. Good students are not always ready to be Uchi-Deshi.

Other obligations:

- Food, Clothing, consumable items, and transportation are the student's own responsibilities. Uchi-Deshi sharing the living space should share the responsibilities. Try to share time with one another and have meals together. Take turns buying and preparing food for all of the Deshi in residence.

- Water and Heating propane for the living quarters are a shared responsibility of the Uchi-Deshi tenants. Other maintenance of the home should be shared as well.

- Tuition and housing cost are one in the same. They are due by the 1st of each month, and Uchi Deshi are also required to pay into the Dojo insurance and registration fund each year.

- Uchi-Deshi need only to have enough cash to support the monastic lifestyle of the full-time dedicated student, so part-time work might be the only work needed, and it should not interfere with the dojo class schedule in any way. If the Uchi-Deshi is a high school or college student, classes won't likely be an interference, and the quiet lifestyle will help with studies.

Uchi-Deshi must keep the living quarters, storage area, kitchen and bathroom clean. Daily chores should include cleaning and upkeep, plus some cleaning at the dojo. There are about a half dozen regular cleaning chores at the dojo, so doing one each day gets the whole place clean on a weekly basis. Groundskeeping and maintenance are also part of an Uchi-Deshi's Responsibilities.
Work is part of your training. One of the traditional practices from ancient times is that of cleaning the Dojo. Not just cleaning for the sake of being clean, but a practice in which you are also cleansing your heart, feelings, and body through the act of cleaning. Another form of work that heals the heart is gardening or farming. "Work the earth to work on your soul." We try to do that too.

The instructor feels responsible for the welfare of all of the deshi. It is important to keep in touch and let the instructor or the senior deshi know where you will be on the days off each week.

Students will write an essay on why they think Uchi-Deshi lifestyle is for them, and as part of the application process, must sign the following oath:

I _____________________ have carefully considered my decision to apply for the Aikido Heiwa Uchi-Deshi Program. I realize my obligations, and the wonderful, but rigorous work ahead of me, and look forward to the challenge. I know sometimes I may feel overwhelmed and tired, but I plan to succeed and not give up. I am going to be a great student and Aikido practitioner, because of MY efforts and the discipline of the program.

Applicant's Signature: ___________________________ Date: ___________

Program Costs:

Dojo Registration Fee: $110.oo (Includes 1st insurance, Uniform.) Instructor's Signature: ___________________________

U.D. Tuition and Rooming Fee: $400.oo Per Month. (Short Stays: $50 per weekend, $75 per week)

Additional events: Seminars typically cost $90.oo. Intensives typically cost $45.oo and Special Session classes are usually $10.oo - 30.oo

Reg. and Tuition due by Move-In date.

Lengths of stay at the Dojo:

There are three lengths of stay you can do.

A. Short time visit to the Dojo; from a weekend to a few weeks.

B. Long range commitment; from 4 months to a year. (It is best to decide on the amount of time that you will stay a the Dojo and commit to it so that the instructors will understand how best to lead your training)

Please make contact with W. Holloway - Sensei at the Dojo and get approval in advance.

This is most important, we want to make sure that Sensei will be at the Dojo when you arrive. His schedule is busy and varied. Please contact the Dojo directly at this email address:

Some of the students building the original space. THE SPACE IS BASICALLY FINISHED NOW.
There are two spaces. A full service apartment with a kitchen and bath, plus the bunk house with the private deck.

Some portions are still under construction to some degree. The facility is very comfortable and is only a 3 minute walk or a 1 minute jog to the dojo.

The dojo also has a private room for sleeping or visitors sleeping.


Last updated: 08, May, '09
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