We have over 30 years experience in teaching Aikido and many students of the dojo have gone on to create their own dojos throughout the world. The keynote of what we now call Takemusu Aiki training is the emphasis on basics and building by degrees. Training is slow and careful, there is no need to be fit or strong to begin. All our instructors are Aikido Board Qualified.
Courses are offered to both beginners and experienced students of aikido. Experienced students may join any of the classes on the timetable. Please feel free to simply turn up, all are welcome.
For students with no previous aikido experience, Key Concepts courses are a good basis for entering the main stream of dojo activity. After completion of the course, your instructor will advise you on how to proceed with further aikido training.
There are two options for beginners to choose from:
A course based around Key Aikido Concepts. The techniques which will be taught are listed on the bottom of this page. Click on one of the course dates on the right hand side of this page to find out more!
Should you be unable to attend courses at regular times, we would be happy to create an individual beginners training timetable. Interested students who require an individual training timetable are welcome to attend any of the classes marked 'general tuition' on the timetable page. In this case a senior student will work with a beginner on a one to one basis. These classes are most suited to students who need a flexible routine, as regular attendance on the same day and time each week is not necessary. There is no need to book in advance for these classes.
KEY CONCEPTS SYLLABUS
Class 1 DEFENCES WHEN THE LAPELS ARE GRABBED (MUNA DORI)
Muna Dori Ago Oshi; Mune Dori Kokyu Nage; Muna Dori Kote Gaeshi
Class 2 DEFENCES AGAINST PUNCHES (MUNE TSUKI)
Mune Tsuki Kote Gaeshi; Mune Tsuki Kokyu Nage; Mune Tsuki Ago Oshi; Mune Tsuki Irimi Nage; Mune Tsuki Rokkyo
Class 3 DEFENCES AGAINST SWINGS (YOKOMEN UCHI)
Yokomen Uchi Ikkyo; Yokomen Uchi Irimi Nage; Yokomen Uchi Yonkyo
Class 4 DEFENCES AGAINST SHOULDER GRABS (KATA DORI)
Kata Dori Ikkyo; Kata Dori Kokyu Nage
Class 5 DEFENCES AGAINST KNIFE ATTACKS (TANTO DORI)
Yokomen Tsuki Gokyo; Mune Tsuki Gokyo; Gyakyu Chudan Tsuki Gokyu; Muni Tsuki Hiji Kime Osae; Mune Tsuki Kote Gaeshi
Class 6 DEFENCES WHEN BOTH HANDS ARE HELD (RYOTE DORI)
Ryote Dori Kokyu Nage
Class 7 HOOK TYPE STIKES AND THE ABSORBING PRINCIPLE (YOKOMEN UCHI)
Yokomen Uchi Shiho Nage; Yokomen Uchi Kote Gaeshi; Yokomen Uchi Irimi Nage
Class 8 MORE TECHNIQUES AGAINST PUNCHES (MUNE TSUKI)
Ai Hanmi Katate Dori Kokyu Nage; Ai Hanmi Katate Dori Irimi Nage; Mune Tsuki Kokyu Nage; Mune Tsuki Irimi Nage; Mune Tsuki Hiji Gatame
Class 9 ATTACKS FROM THE REAR (USHIRO)
Ushiro Dori Kokyu Nage; Ushiro Ryo Kata Dori Kokyu Nage; Ushiro Eri Dori Ago Oshi; Ushiro Katate Dori Kubi Jime Sankyo
Class 10 REVIEW