We train weekday evenings and host weekend seminars throughout the year.
Aikido is a modern martial-art that continuously develops natural, harmonious reflexes to prevent or neutralise violence when it confronts or tempts us.
The name itself roughly translates to The Way of Harmonising Energy.
From self-defence to self-development, there are many reasons to study. But the Aikido is always the same; to work on principles of movement, awareness and coordination through the study of various connected martial forms.
Aikido is not easy. Progression takes time and patience even for those with natural ability. Yet it's fascinating, enjoyable, and accessible to anyone.
It also an opportunity to travel. We train at home and abroad. Meeting new people in new places is all part of the experience.
Beginners are welcome! Our classes cater to all levels and your first 2 weeks of training is free.
Phil started Aikido in 1998; a time when the club was already affiliated to Tissier Shihan through Pascal Durchon. Hooked by the enjoyment of practice, he committed to regular training in the UK, Europe and Japan. Influenced by Tissier, but with a keen interest in Seishiro Endo [Wiki], Phil is our Technical Director, ensuring our standards are held in accordance with the Aikikai.
A mainstay of the club for more than 20 years, Jon has studied under many of Brighton Aikikai's teachers, from Rick Smaridge (now running South Devon Aikikai), to Jeff Balmer and Mark Hale. Experienced, but not held back by dogma, Jon offers unique insights into the various methods of teaching the club has seen over the years.
Conan was introduced to Aikido and Brighton Aikikai in 2007. Fascinated, he attended nearly all classes on offer, and soon started taking part in local and overseas seminars. Conan owes much of his development not only to fellow teachers and students of Brighton, but to Jeff Balmer and Frank Slama, who formerly ran a club in Crawley.
The BAB is the only Aikido representative in the U.K. that is recognised by the Government's Sports Council. As a member you can train in any other BAB certified dojo with the confidence that you are, at the very least, insured to practice.
However, while it does promote quality Aikido, it is not within the remit of the BAB to curate every style for its authenticity or practicality, nor to actively regulate the teaching methods of any particular club.
Aikido is an expressive martial art, and there are as many ways to teach it as there are people who study it. The BAB understands this, so it focuses on the broader aspects of adminstration, insurance, and encouraging good coaching principles.
It is an important part of Aikido in the U.K., but belonging to the BAB is only part of the story.
With myriad styles to choose from but no absolute arbiter of quality, to whose standard should you hold your chosen club to? The only sensible answer is; your own.
Of course, if you are a beginner it is difficult to know if what you are studying is right for you. It is an unfortunate fact that many people train for years before realising another style might suit them better.
So be inquisitive, ask questions, and make your own judgements about the quality of teaching you are receiving.
The least we can say is no club should hold its students honour-bound. We offer our studies to anyone wishing to learn and appreciate that people come and go. But while you choose to train with us we hope you find the experience as enjoyable and fulfilling as we do.
There is a lot to learn in Aikido, so to give newcomers a more complete sense of what training is all about we offer 2 weeks of lessons for free.
If you like it, 2 months more is just £40, with the aim of helping you to afford the uniform (not required!) and insurance (required!) Beyond that we offer a range of daily, monthly, or yearly fees, plus termly student discounts.
|£10 per class|
2 weeks free;
2 months more for £40
|Pay monthly offer|
|£50 a month|
|Pay yearly offer|
|£450 a year|
A set of loose-fitting trousers and an old t-shirt is fine to start with! Even for a few weeks or months. After that, if you want to enjoy your practice fully then there are many places you can buy the uniform and equipment from.
For ourselves, we have shopped with Nine Circles many times without disappointment, so we've included a few links to their products here with approximate prices.
Please let us know if you plan on buying anything. Bulk-orders help to save on shipping costs!
Here's a visual reminder for those who have been practicing for a few classes. It's the most basic attack we start from; Katate dori, a one-handed grab of the defenders wrist:
|Ai hanmi Katate dori|
|for Ikkyo, Irimi nage, etc.|
|Ai hanmi Katate dori, second form|
|for Shiho nage, Kote gaeshi, etc.|
|Gyaku hanmi Katate dori|
|for Shiho nage, Tenchi nage, etc.|
Once we start getting familiar with the forms and shapes of Aikido, we can start to develop a deeper understanding of what we're doing through the study of its principles.
We have a page of videos of the basic ones as taught by Christian Tissier:
Pictures and videos can be useful study tools, but they're nothing without the real experience. We hope to see you in the dojo!
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