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.

Our instructor is Robert Hill sensei, 6th dan, who has practised and studied aikido for over 50 years. He is currently serving as Secretary of the UK's Joint Aikikai Council (JAC).

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, lockdowns permitting, members of the club travel to Belgium for training seminars led by senior instructors from Australia and Belgium. Each year, for several years, we have welcomed Hanan Janiv shihan, 7th dan - a senior Aiki Kai Australia instructor from Canberra -  to Wiltshire for our Spring keiko weekend.


2021 News from the International Aikido Federation

The IAF held its 2021 annual general meeting in October and elected a new Directing Committee. A summary of the meeting can be found on the IAF website, here:

Our links to the IAF include:

  • Tony Smibert shihan of Australia Aiki Kai and long-time student of Sugano Sensei. Smibert shihan has conducted several Spring seminars and Inner Aikido Schools in Belgium.  
  • Frederic Heylbroek from the Belgian Aikido Federation (who some club members will recognise from the tatami in Belgium).

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).

Email address/SMS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Phone: 07425921512

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.


As of November 1st 2021 we have resumed two practice sessions a week. 

If you are joining us for the first time, please contact us first so we can make you aware of COVID-19 precautions. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/SMS 07425 921 512)


We use the facilities at Leighton Recreation Centre in Westbury, 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...





Thursday, 5:30pm-7:00pm 

Leighton Recreation Centre, Wellhead Lane, Westbury BA13 3PW 

 Leighton Sports

Saturday, 10am-12 noon

Leighton Recreation Centre, Wellhead Lane, Westbury BA13 3PW

 Leighton Sports




Our Privacy Principles

Respect for the individual is a basic principle of aikido, and we believe that should extend to our contact with you online as well as on the tatami. As a result, we take seriously your privacy and the security of any personal information you disclose to us.

Most online privacy violations arise out of excessive collection and inappropriate use of personal data. In particular, personal data is often used as a way of making money (for instance, by selling it to advertisers). We will not 'monetise' your data in any way; not by selling it to third parties, and not by selling space to advertisers. That is not the club's purpose or intent.

Personal data is also put at risk when it is transferred from one jurisdiction to another. We will not transfer your data outside the UK, and we will process it in accordance with UK and EU data protection laws. Although legal compliance is of course an important baseline, we will aim to exceed legal requirements by dealing with your data ethically at all times.

Our privacy policy is based on a number of simple principles:



If we don't need your data, we won't collect it. If we do collect data, we will delete it once we no longer need it.


  • There's no reason for us to keep a record of your gender, so we will not ask for it.
  • If you give us your email address, but then decide you don't want emails from us, we will delete the email address.


Clear purpose

If you tell us something for a particular reason, we will not use it for anything else.


  • If we collect your email address to send you club emails, we will not give or sell it to third parties so they can spam you.
  • If we collect your date of birth so as to insure you, we will not use it so the other club members can throw a surprise party for you.


Informed Consent

We will not use your data for anything we have not told you about. Wherever possible, you will have the option to say 'no'. We will do our best to give you relevant information about the risks of disclosure, as well as the purpose and benefits.

If we know or believe a member to be under 16, we will make every reasonable effort to ensure that we have the consent of a parent or guardian.


  • We need to disclose your name and date of birth to a third party in order to make sure all club members are insured; we do not think they need to know your address, so you will have the option of not disclosing that.



You may ask to see any personal data we hold about you, correct it if it is wrong, and be told who it has been disclosed to.

Our default policy will be that we do not disclose your data on your behalf - not even to other members - unless you have indicated consent as above.


  • Emails sent out to all club members will not display the recipients' email addresses. It is up to members if they decide to exchange personal data among themselves.



If data about you is stored electronically, we will protect it by encryption, password-based access control or both.

If it is stored physically we will take suitable steps to keep it safe.

Any duplicate or backup records will be secured to at least the same extent.

By default, your personal data will not be stored online (except, for example, if you choose to create a user account on the club's website).


  • Details stored on PCs will be encrypted, or access to the PC will be password protected.
  • Physical records will be kept as secure as is practical in a domestic setting.


In formulating these simple principles above, we have used a wealth of guidance from the following sources:

* The "Eight Data Protection Principles" defined by UK and EU law (source: UK Information Commission's guidance on the eight principles)

* Guidance on what is personal data (source: UK Information Commission's guidance on determining what is personal data)

* Guidance on keeping your data safe (source: UK Information Commission's 'best practice note' on securing personal data)

* We are also guided by the very comprehensive Data Protection Code of Practice published by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), and aim to comply with as much of it as is relevant to a small club like ours (source: JISC Data Protection Code of Practice)