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Free Beginners' Classes - Start Wednesday 17th September 2014

We're offering you the chance to try aikido for free.

If you're 18 or over, and would like to start training with other beginners, then these introductory classes may be ideal for you.


The classes cover the key concepts of aikido:

  • balance
  • timing
  • angles
  • blending with your attacker.

We introduce some basic taijutsu (body) techniques, explain how these can be used to defend yourself, tell you about dojo etiquette and how to train safely.

You don't need any special equipment, just some loose clothing that you don't mind being stretched. We'll provide any other equipment you need.


The course consists of 4 classes.

The taijutusu (body) classes are on the following four Wednesday evenings:

  • 17th September, 24th September, 1st October, 8th October

at the Marriotts Sports Centre (look here for a map) between 8.00pm and 9.30pm.

You are also very welcome to come along and watch any of our weapons classes on Tuesday evenings. They also take place at 8pm at the Marriotts Sports Centre.

How much?

You have the chance to try aikido and see whether you like it completely free of charge.

We do not charge for the classes.

For safety and insurance purposes, we ask you to complete a membership application to join the British Aikido Board (BAB) and to pay a 20 deposit for that membership at your first class.  If you decide to stop training after your first or second class, we return the money to you and cancel your membership application. You are under no obligation to complete the course. If you want to carry on training after the second class, we are obliged to submit your application and fee to our aikido association for processing and you then become a  student member of the BAB. We cannot return membership fees once they have been paid to our association.

What else do I need to know? 

  • As we already said, you must be 18 or over, and you need to wear loose clothing (T-shirt, tracksuit etc), which you don't mind being pulled or stretched.
  • You should also take off all jewellery, or cover it with sticking tape. Finger and toe nails should be kept short and long hair tied up.
  • We don't recommend that you wear eye glasses. If you need to, we don't accept responsibility for damage to them.  Please ensure they are safe to use for sport.
  • Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol won't be allowed to train.
  • You must also tell your teacher of any medical conditions that might affect your ability to train or exercise.
  • For your safety, and that of the other students, you must do exactly what the teachers instruct.
  • When you start paying for classes after the course, there are no refunds for missed classes.

What next?

Please use this form to reserve a place on the course.

If you have any further questions, please contact us.

If you would rather start training immediately, please look here for details.