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 an inclusive club. Our members include people in their teens and their 70s, who have been practising a few weeks or several decades. Persons with limited mobility or disabilities and of all shapes and sizes should feel comfortable joining us.

The only requirement we have of people who practise with us is that they abide by the club's principles of safety and respect for others. Aikido is a martial art that teaches and practises techniques designed to kill or disable an adversary, and weapons that can inflict serious injury. We will not tolerate any behaviour or attitudes that endanger others.

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 any children’s classes ourselves, there is an excellent and very highly-recommend children’s class at Ffenics Aikido Club in Sully. The class is run by Sonny Davies, an experienced children’s teacher, at their venue off Hayes Road.