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Aikido Club

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Training Times

Regular training:

Wednesday 20:00 - 22:15 (Sports Centre, Sports Hall - warm-up starting on running track)

Friday 20:00 - 22:00 (Student's Union (Richmond Building), Carpenter Room)

Weapons Classes:

Monday 07:00 - 08:30AM (Sports Centre, Running track)

(Please note that the Monday and Wednesday classes require a #WeAreBristol Sports pass or better after October 8th to access the venue, or a fee on the door. This is not under the club's control)


FREE Taster Sessions:

None running at the moment - check again in the future!

If you can't make the tasters, don't panic; you are welcome to give Aikido a try at a regular session (see above).

For our special events, see below.


What is Aikido?

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 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.

The emphasis in practice is on co-operation rather than competition, and practitioners 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. Many Aikido movements are derived from traditional Japanese sword and staff forms, and training in these forms is an additional part of Aikido.

Classes begin with stretching, moving and breathing exercises, and since Aikido is based on full and natural body movement, it exercises every limb and joint of the body, developing flexibility, muscle tone, co-ordination and reactions. Aikido offers an absorbing way to maintain health and vitality within a framework of aesthetic movement, and regular practice results in a calmer and more relaxed mind, and a stronger and more supple body. Unlike other martial arts, the benefits of regular aikido practice should last well into old age.


All Welcome

We welcome people of all or no martial skill and fitness, and of any age and gender. Gradings are encouraged, but are by no means required. Once membership is bought, you can attend as often as you feel is convenient. We do not spar or competeand as such you should never be injured when doing Aikido in class.


Pedigree and Affiliation

Classes are led by James Ladymen-sensei (3rd Dan Blackbelt) and Thomas Curry (2nd Dan). We are fully affiliated with the British Aikido Federation, which is part of the International Aikido Federation linked to the founding Hombu Dojo in Japan.

Our links allow for visits from guest instructors, such as 8th Dan and Shihan, Minoru Kanetsuka-sensei, which are open to all members. In addition, BAF membership can be purchased , which gives you access to all BAF courses across the country, and the ability to do gradings should you so wish.

For more info about the British Aikido Federation, courses, gradings, and Kanetsuka sensei:


Costs and Requirements

For clothing, white training Gis are 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, but if you have your own you are welcome to bring them. Shoes are not required, but feet must be clean!

Membership is £6 for the whole year, and each individual class costs £2, or £20 for a whole term, payable in the class itself. Access to the classes in the Sports Centre require either £5 on the door, or a #WeAreBristol Sports pass or better (not paid to us). Classes in the Union carry no such cost. British Aikido Federation membership can be purchased via their website and is required for their courses and gradings, but is not compulsory for our members. Sessions by external instructors tend to carry fees, with exceptions made as per personal circumstances; whilst membership doesn't cover this, it does guarentee you a place if demand is high.


Upcoming Events

We have access to frequent off-site sessions through the British Aikido Federation; we post information about specific courses to our facebook page and feel free to message or email for details!


For more information check out our Facebook page:

Email me (Robert) at

Our other website has some information about the club (but beware, it is currently well out of date!):

No elections are currently running.

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.


Download the Code of Conduct


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.