West Huntspill Aikido club

Traditional Aikido practised with an open mind and heart.

'There must be lots of smiles along the way or the journey is not worth it' - Matsuhiro Namishiro

What is Aikido

Aikido is a modern Japanese Budo ('Martial Way'), based on techniques of self-defence from centuries-old battle tested traditions. It was created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) influenced by his studies of daito-ryu jujutsu and weapon forms.

The principle of aiki (harmonisation of spirit), can be understood as meeting an attacker on their own terms rather than aggressively opposing them, whilst at the same time not losing one's own physical or mental equilibrium.


Aikido does not demand great physical strength or fitness and everybody trains at their own level. However over time the natural movements of Aikido lead to a flexible and healthy body. Training is conducted in a cooperative, rather than competitive, manner and injuries are rare. There are no tournaments in Aikido and it is suitable for people of all ages and constitutions.

We do however keep the martial roots, training with intention and rigour whilst looking after our partners.

Aikido information and further reading

Aikido development and history - General overview

Birth of Aikido in the UK - The History of the 'Hut'

Another History of the Uk - Tomiki based but well researched History

The Aiki Web - A useful resource and source of info