About us

We are based at Chapter Arts Centre, Canton.

The club was founded in December 2005. It is a non-profit organisation, owned and run by its members, and the head dojo of the Fudoshin Aikido Association.

We are part of the Mutokukai Europe network of Aikido organisations.

If you’d like to know more about Aikido, or about the club, please contact us. We’ll be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

We welcome visitors, beginners and new members.

We are friendly and inclusive club. Our members include people from the age of 18 to those in their 60s, who have been practising a few weeks or several decades. Aikido is a martial art and not without its risks. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone we expect all participants to be kind and respectful to others whilst upholding our values of equality, diversity, and inclusivity. 

Medical issues, and physical limitations or injuries are not necessarily a barrier to safe and enjoyable Aikido practice, but we need you to advise our instructors of any conditions that should be considered for your own safety and that of other students.

Our purpose

We are committed to the exploration and development of Aikido.

All of our income from members’ fees, once our basic costs of rent and insurance have been met, is used to fund courses and seminars featuring teachers of international renown from the UK and abroad. Each year we host several of these.

Fudoshin

Fudoshin means ‘imperturbable mind’.

It refers to a state of mental calm and equanimity that the practice of Aikido fosters.

Fees and membership

Membership is £20 per month, payable by standing order.

Please complete the standing order form and present this to your bank.

Alternatively, new members who are still deciding whether this is the right club for them pay £6 per class instead.

Children’s classes

Aikido is an excellent martial art for children to learn - it teaches them how to look after themselves, how to avoid trouble and how to defuse conflict.

Although we don’t run children’s classes ourselves, there are excellent and very highly-recommend children’s class at Ffenics Aikido Club in Sully, and Bedwas Aikido Club, suitable for those under the age of 18.