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 GroupPlease scroll down

News

Grading certificate presentations, GSK Autumn 2019 course.
Congratulations to UCL Aikido’s Sensei Andy Washbrook SANDAN and Club President Tamas Graff SHODAN!
 

UCL+C&B Aikido with..

 


….Sugawara Shihan 7 Dan
(Hombu dojo) at his course hosted by North London Aikido,
March 2019.

C&B Aikido Club

BAC: A UCL Alumni Aikido Group club. Alumni counterpart, in London, to UCL Aikido; founder member of Goshinkai. BAC hosts UCLAAG and GSK courses. BACNewsletter 2017-1.
Cheltenham & Bloomsbury Aikido Club: Sports hall, Leisure at Cheltenham Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham GL50 4RN. For Dec’19-Mar’20 timetables go to ‘News’, Usually:
Mondays 10:45-12:15
alternate Fridays 12:15-13:45.
Sensei Barbara Sotowicz 5 Dan, Goshinkai Shidoin, BAB CL3.
Class fee £7 standard; £5 concs.. Beginner’s first class free. Membership fee go to ‘Joining’. Classes are for adults (18+y). Visitors from other clubs/associations and beginners always welcome. Contact C&BAC.


“Always train in a vibrant and joyful manner” – O Sensei
 

UCL Aikido Club

Student-led club offering traditional Aikikai Aikido.
Term 1 training from 2 Oct.2019
Bloomsbury Fitness Centre,15 Gordon St., London WC1H 0AY
Wed. 18:30-20:30 MP Room
Sat. 15:00-17:00 Studio
Teaching by UCL Alumni Aikido Group & Friends Instructors: Senseis Andy Washbrook 3 Dan; Ara Schorscher-Petcu 2 Dan; Alex Taylor-Ash, 2 Dan.
Please come early to lay mats (the traditional dojo at UCL was undemocratically demolished on 14/12/2013). Contact UCL Aikido Officers. Join UCL Aikido fee. Non-UCL Student Join UCL Club fee.

BF Fees may apply.
Training clothes see below.

 

Joining C&BAC and Insurance

Club Annual Membership Fees 2019
This is a combined fee for membership to GoShinKai, 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.

Location

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UCL Aikido Club course with Sensei Mike Smith 6 Dan, GSK Principal. Nov. 2018.

Calendar

Mon in New Year 2020 tbc, 10:45-12:15: Weapons class with Sensei Mike Smith, 6 Dan, GSK Principal at Cheltenham CBAC Dojo.

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

Jan 2020 tbc: Sensei Mike Smith 6 Dan, at UCL Aikido Club.

GSK and Alliance Course date to be revised for sometime in the New Year. Kidderminster.

Sun 9 Feb’20, 11:00 – 15:30: Course with Barbara Sotowicz Sensei, 5 Dan, at Malvern Aikido Club.

Date tbc: UCL Alumni Aikido & Friends Group Reunion.

March 2020 tbc: GSK Spring Course and Dan gradings at Kidderminster Renseikan Dojo.

15-22 August 2020: BAF Summer School, Chester, with Kobayashi Shihan, 7 Dan, Hombu Dojo Instructor.

Sept. 2020 tbc: BAB National Course. Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH.

Oct. 2020 tbc: GSK Autumn Course and Dan Gradings at Kidderminster Renseikan Dojo.

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

GoShinKai Courses GSK event calendar 2019 for GSK National, Teachers’ and Sensei Mike Smith’s First and Third Saturdays of the month Weapons Courses .

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

British Aikido Board Courses: BAB and Association

Downloads and Credits

Go Shin Kai Membership Application Form
Go Shin Kai Grading System Contents
1. GSK Notes for Teachers and Examiners
2. GSK Notes for Candidates
4. GSK Qualification Periods for Grading
5 GSK Kyu, Dan, Grading Application Forms
6.1 GSK Teaching Syllabus 1 Unarmed
7. GSK Grading Exam Content Checklist
GSK CIS-1.1: Goshinkai Instructor Accreditation
 
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Bloomsbury Aikido Logo: A big THANK YOU to Jon Maunder for creating and donating our logo.
 
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Sekiya Sensei 3 UCL 1978

Sekiya Sensei teaching in the original permanent dojo, the “Judo Room”, CCB, in 1978.