Aikido is a comprehensive and effective martial art which provides a basis for both physical and spiritual development. It is accessible to everyone, regardless of fitness level, size, strength, age or gender, because it uses whole-body movement in techniques which are designed to diffuse an aggressor's attack rather than to inflict injuries.
During our training, we emphasize on co-operation rather than competition. Students will learn to look after each other and themselves so that throws and locks can be practised safely. Experienced practitioners learn to defend themselves against multiple armed and unarmed attacks.
Tuesday 19:30 - 21:30 (Studio 3, 1st floor of Sports Centre, Tyndall Avenue)
Thursday 7:20 - 8:45 Weapons Class (St. Werburghs Community Centre)
Friday 19:00 - 21:00 (Dance Studio, Ground floor of Student's Union (Richmond Building))
Sunday 10:00 - 12:00 (Carpenter Room, 2nd floor of Student's Union (Richmond Building))
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We welcome anybody who is keen to learn something new, doesn't matter what your current experience in martial art it. Come join us if you are interested!
What to Bring:
For clothing, a white training Gi is preferred, but not required (we can recommend suppliers). Otherwise, please wear long-sleeved, sensible sportswear. Jewellery or similar is not permitted during training. A drink of water is also recommended. When necessary, wooden bokken, jo, and tanto training weaponry can be provided for you. If you have your own you are welcome to bring them.
We are affiliated with the Bristish Aikido Federation (BAF), and Hombu Dojo Tokyo. Our instructors- James (3rd dan, Aikikai) and Tom (2nd dan, Aikikai), are direct students of the late Minoru Kanetsuka Shihan (8th dan, Aikikai), who was the technical director of the BAF until March 2019. For more information about the BAF and courses held by other dojos, please visit: https://www.bafonline.org.uk/
Every class begins with a long warm-up that builds up members' general fitness and prepare their bodies for the later techinique practice. Basic stance and body movements also form part of the warm-up.
Following the warm-up, Aikido practice will start from basic techniques and gradually build up to more advanced forms. This is for every class and therefore what time you join us during the year does not make a difference, please don't worry if you have missed the start. We also do not separate beginners and experienced members, everyone will practise together.
Membership is £5 for the whole year (sign up by clicking the 'Join this group' button at top of this page).
Training sessions cost £5 per session, up to £30 for a whole term.
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