Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art founded in the early 20th century by Ueshiba Morihei (1883 – 1969). After mastering classical styles of Judo, Kendo and Jujitsu, he created Aikido, a defensive martial system.

Although there are now many varying styles of Aikido taught throughout the world, the basic principles of each style remain the same. The force of any attack is controlled and diffused without injury to either the instigator or defender. This achieved by using avoidance, balance breaking, and applying techniques that can include a range of locks and throws.

Why choose Aikido?

2023 WSAF World Championships, Nara, Japan
2023 WSAF World Championships, Nara, Japan

Because of it’s defensive nature and emphasis on technique rather than strength or aggression, Aikido attracts people from a variety of backgrounds. Aikido is suitable for both children as well as adults. It is not uncommon for someone over 40 to begin training in Aikido and significant numbers of women are attracted.

These are some of the benefits of training in Aikido:

The best way to see if Aikido is for you is come either to the training session on Thursday at Sedbergh Sports and Leisure Centre, or Saturday at Kents Fitness where the club coaches will be more than happy to answer your questions.