Prime Aims

• To provide an opportunity to practise Traditional Aikido, following the example set by the Founder of Aikido, O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba and the UKA’s first Principal, Mr William Smith Sensei (d. 2006).

• To promote an atmosphere of accessibility, friendship, encouragement and mutual development.


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Bloomsbury Aikido Principal Instructor

dojoBarbara Sotowicz Sensei, 5th Dan, UKA Shidoin. BAB Coach Level 3.
Principal Instructor, Bloomsbury Aikido

Bloomsbury Aikido Club


A UCL Alumni Aikido Group club.

The current role of the Bloomsbury Aikido Club is as an Alumni (UKA) counterpart of the newly revived (2014/15) student-led UCLU Aikido Club.

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Non-UCL students are welcome to join in the UCLU Aikido Club classes but UCLU requires that you join UCLU as an Associate/Visiting Member, see Joining a UCLU Club.
Additonal information needed for joining is given in the section below.




UCLU Aikido Club Classes

Classes are in the DOJO/Multipurpose Room, UCLU Bloomsbury Fitness Centre

Wednesday 18:00-20:00 Sensei Paul Magee, Exeter Aikido
Saturday 10:00-12:00 – Sensei Barbara Sotowicz and on alternate weeks Sensei Paul Magee.

Please come in good time to help lay mats (the BF manager demolished the iconic traditional permanent dojo on 14/12/2013).
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BEGINNERS and VISITORS are always welcome, but you must be 18+ years. Please wear suitable training clothes, i.e. a Judo or Karate suit. At first, a sturdy T-shirt and track suit trousers will do. This must cover and protect shoulders and knees and enable you to move freely. For safety, all jewellery etc. should be taken off. Training in the BF Dojo is on mats, in bare feet.
See ‘Joining and Booking’ below.

Joining and Booking a Class

Bloomsbury Fitness (BF) Membership and Booking in for a Class: There is no class fee but you must be a member of Bloomsbury Fitness.

BF Memberships range from Annual to Daily (pay as you go). Go to  for details of prices and of how to book in for a class.

UKA Annual Membership (this covers insurance to train):
Students – £25; Non-students £32

For insurance purposes, you need to join the UKA after two classes. New members can download a UKA Membership Application Form here or obtain a copy when they come to the Dojo for a class. Please return the completed form (UKA Membership Form Example 2014 to the instructor with your cheque made out to Renshinkan Affiliations and with a stamped envelope.

Visitors who are regular practitioners elsewhere in the UK must bring insurance slips. Visitors from abroad must bring evidence of travel insurance covering martial arts activities.


Bloomsbury Fitness Centre 15 Gordon Street, London WC1. Parking Restrictions Mon-Fri 8:30-18:30; Sat 8:30-13:30.


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