Prime Aims

• To provide opportunity to practise Traditional Aikido, following the example set by Aikido Founder, O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), his descendants (Doshus, Dojocho) and the UKA’s first Principal, Shihan Mr W.Smith M.B.E.(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.

Aikido has been practised at UCL since 1975 and the original Club was formed in 1976. The current role of the Bloomsbury Aikido Club is as an Alumni (UKA, traditional Aikido) counterpart of the newly revived (2014/15) student-led UCLU Aikido Club which now offers two styles of Traditional Aikido and one style of competitive Aikido, Shodokan.

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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.

See more on ‘Joining and Insurance’ below.




UCLU Aikido Club Classes

Traditional Aikido 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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Classes at UCLUBF: 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.

See more on ‘Joining and Insurance’ below.

Joining and Insurance

Bloomsbury Aikido Club is a member of the national organisation the United Kingdom Aikikai (UKA). 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 our club registrar with your cheque made out to Renshinkan Affiliations and with a stamped envelope.

UKA Annual Membership includes insurance to train and free grading examinations:
Students – £25; Non-students £32

Visitors who practise regularly in the UK must bring insurance slips. Visitors from abroad must bring evidence of travel insurance covering martial arts activities.

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 on mats is in bare feet. Dojo slippers or shoes should be worn to and from the mat.


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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