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Aikido Club

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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. 




To encourage more members to join Aikido during this lockdown period, we have decided to make membership FREE for the second half of this academic year! To participate in classes, you still have to pay the session fee (£2 or £3), however, anyone can buy membership and attend one class FOR FREE! Try out our sessions and see if Aikido is for you. 


Training Times During Lockdown


Monday: 7:00-7:30, weapons training
Wednesday: 19:00-20:00, Aikido warm-up
Thursday: 7:00-7:30, weapons training
Sunday: 10:00-11:00, Aikido warm-up


There is no obligation to attend ALL sessions. Attend as many or as few as you want each week. 


Follow our Facebook Page for regular updates and reminders about upcoming classes:


All Welcome

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:



Membership is free for the second half of the year (sign up by clicking the 'Join this group' button at top of this page). 

Training sessions cost £3 per session, or £2 for sword classes. Up to £15 for the whole term. 


For more information check out our Facebook group:


If you have any questions, feel free to email us at, we will get back to you within 24 hours.


Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


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Refund Policy


Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


For more information on Bristol Hub visit:


If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.