*** 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.