*** Important Update - August 2019 ***

We no longer train at West Ashton Primary School.

Our Saturday and Monday sessions now both take place at Leighton Sports Centre, Westbury.

See here for details.


We are a small, friendly aikido club practising traditional (hombu) aikido in Wiltshire under the instruction of Robert Hill sensei, 6th dan aikikai.

Aikido is a modern discipline with its roots in Japanese martial arts. Developed in the early 20th century by its founder, Morihei Ueshiba, and based on his background of rigorous training in traditional Japanese jujutsu, sword and spear techniques, aikido offers a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking and pinning techniques based on a philosophy of non-violence and self-fulfilment. It is effective as a martial art, but its essence goes beyond the resolution of physical conflict.

Ueshiba, often referred to as "O Sensei" ("the great teacher"), spent the latter half of his life developing his physical disciplines as a means of refining and uplifting the human spirit. He named the result 'aikido', which can be roughly translated as 'the way of harmony with natural energy'. Aikido is a true 'budo' path, in which training in a physical discipline is used as a 'Way' to spiritual growth. As a result, practising aikido has both physical and psychological benefits.

In recent decades, aikido has risen in global popularity while remaining true to the principles of budo. In accordance with the founder's ideals, aikido has remained distinct from sports, in which one person competes with another. Aikido offers a path for personal development for people who want to fulfil their human potential.

 

Training fees are as follows:

* Annual club membership: £20

* Annual student insurance: £6

* Mat fee (per session): £5

The membership and mat fees cover the following costs:

  • Hire of training locations (both premises are operated by third parties, who charge us a fee for the use of the mat space). Any surplus funds also help us keep the mat fee to a consistent £5 on those occasions where there are not enough people present to cover the cost of the premises.
  • Instructors' insurance and CRB certification.
  • Ensuring that members can buy aikido clothing and equipment at a reasonable cost, so that the cost does not represent a barrier to practice.
  • Costs (travel, accommodation) of visiting senior instructors.

You can contact us by email or phone, or by coming to see us shortly before or after a class (see When and where we practise for details).

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Phone: +44 705 005 2931

If you phone and are asked to leave a message, or if you send an SMS and don't get a prompt reply, please drop us an email as well.


*** Important Update - August 2019 ***

We no longer train at West Ashton Primary School.

Please check this site for further updates as we arrange an alternative mid-week venue.


We offer two training sessions a week, both of which are easily reached from Warminster, Frome, Bradford-on-Avon, Melksham and Devizes.

Take your first lesson free, as an introduction. If you introduce a new student, when they take their first session free, that session will be free for you, too...

 

When

Where

Directions

Monday, 7:15pm-9:15pm 

Leighton Recreation Centre, Wellhead Lane, Westbury BA13 3PW 

 Leighton Sports

Saturday, 10am-12 noon

Leighton Recreation Centre, Wellhead Lane, Westbury BA13 3PW

 Leighton Sports