Shoshinkan School of Traditional Aikido

Traditional Aikido practised with an open mind and heart.

'Action is eloquence.' - William Shakespeare


Our Aikido

The goal of our Aikido is to give people confidence in their humanity and in their individual strengths and capabilities. To this end we practise a practical style of traditional Ueshiba Aikido focusing on dynamic movement, weapons training and individual development. 

Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you.  It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.

We teach a dynamic and flowing form of traditional Aikido in a realistic and focused manner suitable to the level of the participants.  Whilst we acknowledge and understand the self defence aspects (see below), we believe that intuitive understanding of these comes though correct practise of principles rather than exploring every potential for atemi (strike) though these are pointed out.  Fundamentally Aikido is about posture breaking, once this has occurred the finish is up to circumstance and your conscience.

It is worth pointing out that Aikido is particularly suitable for women, as correctly practised Aikido is not dependant upon physical strength. By all means call us for a chat but the easiest way of seeing what we do is to come along and join us for a free session.

Our Philosophy

The hope of our club is to create an environment of openness in our attitudes to practise, accepting that many different approaches within the art exist of which ours is but one. 

If you are a student of a differing style or even of a different art, please feel free to come and practise with us.  Having experienced the closed attitudes of some within UK Aikido, we do believe that politics and personality cults should never interfere with an opportunity to help fellow Aikidoka show each other alternative ways of blending with the mat :)

Hopefully you will find us enthusiastic and friendly, whether beginner or 10th dan, all we ask is the same attitude in return.  We would obviously require that visitors from other clubs can produce valid certificates of insurance before practise.