Voucher System

This is a voucher system for service to Aikido generally, and Aikido Nelson specifically. It is based on the Aikido Nelson values of support, integrity, and celebration.

It also identifies and makes transparent the jobs needing to be done for the dojo to run well.

The system works like this:

All members of the dojo and Nelson Aikido practitioners and/or their families should respect the dojo, the Sensei and the Aikidoka by providing some tangible level of service to the Aikido Nelson community during the course of every year.

Earning and using vouchers:

These forms of service to the Aikido community earn vouchers. The type of service/task/job that is completed will be rewarded with varying amounts of vouchers depending on service/task/job completed.


13 th to 11 th Kyu: 0 vouchers required
Semi 10 th to Semi 8 th Kyu: 2 vouchers required
8 th to 1 st Kyu: 5 vouchers required


2 vouchers required per grade

There are many easy ways to earn vouchers, as we want to make sure everyone can get enough to grade. However, if this creates hardship, please talk to the Voucher Manager, or the Dojo Cho.

Those who wish to grade at an advanced level (Adults beyond 4 th kyu) who have not earned enough vouchers for grading may pay an additional $200 (in addition to regular grading fees) to grade without service vouchers.

Any vouchers earned beyond the ones required for grading can in turn be redeemed toward a reduction of next year’s Aikido Nelson dojo fees and/or toward 1:1 tuition with a Sensei for advanced students @ 3-5 vouchers per hour.

Vouchers not used for gradings are redeemable at the end of each calendar year, for next year’s fees (i.e. a credit for the following year January-December will be issued).
Vouchers expire at the end of each annual redemption period.
Where a voucher is used for reduced fees, each voucher is worth $10.
Vouchers accumulated in excess of fees owed for a given year have no cash value and cannot be redeemed.