Although we are a small club, we are part of a global aikido community, and maintaining those connections is an important part of our practice.
In the UK, we are affiliated with the Joint Aikikai Council (JAC) through membership of UK Aikikai (UKA).
Our instructor is Robert Hill sensei, 6th dan, who has practised and studied aikido for over 50 years.
Our teaching lineage is through the late Sugano Seiichi shihan, 8th dan, who was a live-in student (uchi-deshi) of O Sensei, and then taught in Australia, Benelux and New York over a period of 45 years.
Through that lineage, we have close links with both the principal aikido federations in Belgium (the Association Francophone d'Aikido (AFA) and the Vlaamse Aikido Vereniging (VAV)), and with Aiki Kai Australia.
At least once a year, members of the club travel to Belgium for training seminars led by senior instructors from Australia and Belgium. Each year, we welcome a senior instructor from Canberra - Hanan Janiv shihan, 7th dan - to Wiltshire for our Spring keiko weekend.