Membership

General conduct

All students are expected to exercise their utmost tolerance and consideration towards others before, during and after training.

Manage your training dates with our attendance page. Students are required to submit absences, preferably well in advance, as an important part of our dojo’s rules of etiquette to allow others to take your spot. If you fail to do this, your compensation privileges will be suspended.

  • Absences: Submit absence dates at least 7 hours in advance. This good ‘Taiko Karma’ will be saved for the rest of the semester. Holiday dates are blocked out.
  • Compensations: Select compensation dates that suit your schedule spontaneously. This is possible until the training begins. Dates with full trainings are blocked out.

General terms of service

At the dōjō

Each training begins and ends by reflecting on these points when bowing to the group as well as at the entrance of the dōjō:

  • Respect for your teacher
  • Respect for the dojo and instruments
  • Respect for your fellow members
  • Respect for yourself
  • Respect for the art

Please ensure that you arrive at training on-time. If you arrive late, warm-up on your own before the teacher gives your permission to enter the training room. 

Before training begins help prepare taiko and other equipment, stretch and warm yourself up. 

If you have to leave early or have an injury, inform the teacher before training begins. 

No food or sugary drinks are allowed in the dōjō. 

Remove your shoes before entering. 

Leave your belongings neatly in changing area. 

The beginning of training

The class forms a circle. 

Everyone bows and says: 
   お願いします 
   Onegai shimasu 
   Please do me this favour.

The end of training

The class forms a circle.

The teacher bows and says: 
   お疲れ様でした 
   Otsukaresama deshita 
   Thank you for your hard work.
The students reply as they bow: 
   ありがとうございました 
   Arigatō gozaimashita 
   Thank you very much.

Equipment and instruments

All equipment and instruments must be treated with respect: 

Move and stack the taiko with care. Do not lean or place objects on the taiko. Ensure that taiko are placed correctly in the appropriate stand. Move taiko, bachi or dai with your hands, not your feet!

Do not drag the taiko on the floor. Pick them up with a partner. 

Taiko may not be played until given permission to do so. 

Check your bachi regularly for defects: 

  • Remove any splinters or dirt with sandpaper.
  • Do not play with damaged bachi as they can hurt your hand and the taiko. Show your bachi to the teacher if you are unsure.

Bachi should be placed down gently next to the taiko or along the walls of the dojō to prevent tripping hazards. 


Fees

The trial lesson fee is CHF 40 per participant. For participants who decide to become full members after the trial lesson, the trial lesson fee will be integrated into the semester fee.

The following membership fees are due at the start of each 5-month semester.

  • Normal CHF 600.-
  • Unemployed/Pensioners CHF 500.-
  • Students/Youth CHF 400.-

Participation in open renshu is free for active students, while alumni pay a CHF 5 drop-in fee.

Additional training is possible for current members. The drop-in fee is CHF 20 per session.

Private lessons can be arranged upon request.


Training overview