Welcome …

… to the Bloomsbury; Cheltenham & Bloomsbury; and UCL Aikido Clubs’ website. Our Prime Aims: To provide opportunity to practise Aikido in an atmosphere of friendship, encouragement and mutual development, following the example set by Aikido Founder, O Sensei M. Ueshiba, his heirs (Doshus) and one of our most respected British teachers, Shihan Mr W.Smith M.B.E.
… also to the
UCL Alumni Aikido Group.


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Aikido is a great martial art for all. “Always train in a vibrant and joyful manner” – O Sensei

C&BAC Chief Instructor

dojoBarbara Sotowicz Sensei, 5th Dan, Goshinkai Shidoin, BAB L3 Coach.

C&B Aikido Club

BAC: A UCL Alumni Aikido Group club. An alumni counterpart, in London, to the UCL Aikido Club. BAC is a founder member of Goshinkai (f. June 2016). BAC hosts UCLAAG and GSK courses in London. Read BACNewsletter 2017-1.

Cheltenham & Bloomsbury Aikido Club (f. 23/1/2018). Leisure@Cheltenham sports hall.
Autumn 2019 timetable go to ‘News’: usually Mondays 10:45-12:15 and alternate Fridays 12:15-13:45. Class fee £7 standard, £5 concession, Beginner first trial class free; membership fee go to ‘Joining’. Membership of C&BAC is open to adults (18+years). Visitors from other clubs/associations and beginners always welcome. Contact C&BAC.

Engage with us on FB: UCL Aikido Club; UCL Alumni Aikido Group and Friends; Cheltenham & Bloomsbury Aikido Club and Friends . 1.UCLAikido Jan’18 MP Room. 2.Permanent dojo at UCL 2003-2013


UCL Aikido Club

Student-led club offering traditional Aikikai Aikido.
Wednesday 18:30-20:30 .
Saturday 13:00-15:00 .
Teaching by UCL Alumni Aikido Group & Friends Instructors: Senseis Andy Washbrook 3 Dan; Ara Schorscher-Petcu 2 Dan; Alex Taylor-Ash, 2 Dan.
Training is in the MP Room, Bloomsbury Fitness. Please come early to lay mats (the traditional dojo at UCL was undemocratically demolished on 14/12/2013). Contact UCL Aikido President. Join UCL Aikido fee. Non-UCL Student Join UCL Club fee.

BF Fees may apply.
Training clothes see below.


Joining C&BAC and Insurance

C&BAC is a member of the GoShinKai Association, a member of the British Aikido Board (UK governing body for Aikido).
Club Annual Membership Fees 2019
This is a combined fee for membership to GSK, C&BAC and BAB. It covers insurance to practise Aikido in the UK. Standard: £37; Concessions £30. of which £5 is C&BAC membership. Before your first class, for Health and Safety reasons please complete the GSK Member/Visitor Form and the Bloomsbury Aikido Club PARQ. For insurance reasons, new beginners’ club membership fees are payable before the fourth class. Members must renew their annual memberships prior to the expiry of their insurance.
Visitors from other UK associations must show insurance slips. Visitors from abroad must bring evidence of travel insurance covering martial arts activities. Training clothes: a Judo or Karate suit. At first, a sturdy T-shirt and track suit trousers will do, protecting shoulders and knees and allowing you to move freely. For safety, jewellery etc. should be taken off. Training, when on mats, is in bare feet; shoes worn to and from the mat.



Bloomsbury Fitness Centre 15 Gordon Street, London WC1.

Leisure at Cheltenham Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham GL50 4RN.


Sun 15 Sept’19, 10:30-12:30: GSK Teachers’ Course with Sensei Mike Smith, 6 Dan. Hosted by Gloucester Aikido at Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud, GL5 4AF.

Sat 28 Sept’19: BAB National course. Brunel University.

Mon in Oct’19 tbc, 10:45-12:15: Weapons class with Sensei Mike Smith, 6 Dan, GSK Principal at Cheltenham CBAC Dojo.

19-20 Oct’19 tbc: GSK Autumn Course and Dan gradings at Kidderminster Renseikan Dojo.

Sat 9 Nov’19: Aikikai Alliance Course: GSK, SPK, KSK, TSK associations, at Kidderminster RenSeikan Dojo.

Sat 7 Dec’19: ‘Physics of Aikido’ course with Dr. Mire Zloh Sensei 5 Dan, at UCL Aikido Club.

Date tbc: Sensei Mike Smith 6 Dan, at UCL Aikido Club.
Date tbc: UCL Alumni Aikido & Friends Group Reunion 2019.

Kidderminster Renseikan Dojo, GoShinKai HQ:Aikido Practice Dates & Times Apr2019

GoShinKai Courses GSK event calendar 2019 for GSK National, Teachers’ and Twice-monthly Weapons Courses.

N.B. published dates may be subject to change.

British Aikido Board Courses: BAB and Association

See also Events page.

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