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
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/150699088623377/
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/
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.
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