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Aikido (The art of harmony) is a modern martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), who developed it from the state of a battle technique to that of a spiritual way. Based upon principles of non-aggression, non-resistance, and non-competitiveness, it is unique in that it allows people to defend themselves against larger and stronger attackers, without requiring great strength or speed, yet it also teaches us to understand and respect our fellow Man. The gentle quality of Aikido makes it appealing to men and women and children regardless of age. It not only offers spiritual development, mental concentration, balance, reflex action and exercise, it also teaches Japanese etiquette and positive behaviour. (Read more about Aikido on the Takemusu Aikido Association website.)

The philosophy of our training syllabus involved the close integration of taijitsu, or empty-hand techniques, and bukiwaza, or weapons techniques. Taijutsu are performed from a seated or standing position and develop a flowing yet powerful movement with the partner. Bukiwaza uses the bokken (wooden sword) and jo (wooden staff) to ensure a strong foundation for body movement and ki.

Beginners

Beginners are always welcome.  You may join the Beginners’ Class at any time.  New students are required to do ‘time’ in the Beginners’ Class before joining General Classes.  This ‘time’ varies according to many criteria.  Please enquire.  Please also read the form “Welcome – Adult Beginners” below.

Dojo Etiquette

Arrive early. Please arrive early to allow time to assist with cleaning mats, to warm up, and to focus before class begins.

What to wear. Loose, comfortable clothing, pants should cover knees. If you have a keiko-gi (uniform) from another martial art, you are welcome to wear it. To make it easier to move on & off the mat, slip-on shoes are ideal.

Personal presentation. No watches or jewellery; pockets should be emptied, long hair tied back, fingernails and toenails clean and trimmed, hands and feet clean.

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Training times and fees.

We have several training times during the week. They vary in focus depending on the level of the pupils and the syllabus.

If you are a beginner, please talk to the person you contact about times.

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