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Updated March 2024




About us

Aikido is a non competitive martial art developed in the early 20th century by a Japanese martial arts expert, Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to as O Sensei or 'Great Teacher'). It is based on a series of throws and immobilization techniques, using the attacker's strength, momentum and aggression against them. As Aikido relies on skill and not strength, it can be practised by people of all ages and physical abilities.

Aikido was introduced to the UK in the 1950’s by Abbe Sensei (a student of Morihei Ueshiba) at The Hut Dojo in Uxbridge.  In 1973 Sensei Haydn Foster founded the Institute of Aikido and based it at The Hut Dojo where Aikido is still practised. The Institute has member clubs throughout the UK and abroad.

Aikido in action Sensei

Aikido in action

Aikido is all about self-defence. Using a series of throws and immobilisation techniques, you are able to use the attackers strength to your advantage. 

Aikido training uniform

Find an aikido club near you

All of our clubs offer training for people of all ages and physical abilities. 

Hear from our members

"Aikido classes always have a great spirit, there's a great atmosphere in the club, we're very lucky to have excellent instruction."

Rob, aged 31, member of Slough Centre Aikido Club

We support our members through each grading

We take great pride in seeing our members progress through the grading process, and are proud to have such an extensive list of Dan Grade level members. 

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