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)
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.
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 compete, and 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: http://bafonline.org.uk/
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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/150699088623377
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Our other website has some information about the club (but beware, it is currently well out of date!): http://www.bristol.ac.uk/Depts/Union/Aikido/
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