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 one of our most respected British teachers, Shihan Mr W.Smith M.B.E.(d. 2006).

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


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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 student UCL Aikido Club. BAC is a founder member of Goshinkai (f. June 2016). Bloomsbury Aikido hosts UCLAAG and GSK courses in London. Read BACNewsletter 2017-1.

Cheltenham & Bloomsbury Aikido Club opened on 23/1/2018.
2018 First Quarter training info: dates, class fees, membership fees etc.
Contact C&BAC. Facebook Groups UCL Alumni Aikido Group and Friends ; Cheltenham & Bloomsbury Aikido Club and Friends .
Membership of C&BAC is open to all adults (18+years). Visitors from other associations and beginners always welcome.


UCL Aikido Class Jan2018, “Multipurpose” Room

The permanent dojo at UCL 2003-2013


UCL Aikido Club

Student-led club offering traditional Aikikai Aikido.
Wednesday 18:00-20:00 .
Saturday 10:00-12:00 .
Teaching by UCL Alumni Aikido Group & Friends Instructors: Senseis Andy Washbrook 2 Dan; Ara Schorscher-Petcu 1 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. Facebook.
Training clothes see below.


Joining C&BAC and Insurance

C&BAC is a member of the GoShinKai Association, a member of the UK governing body for Aikido, the British Aikido Board.
Club Annual Membership Fees 2018
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 Goshinkai 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.


24 February 2018: Sensei Mike Smith at UCL Aikido Club
10 March 2018: Sensei Barbara Sotowicz at UCL Aikido Club
17-18 March 2018: GSK National Spring Course and dan gradings.
Summer 2018: UCL Alumni Aikido & Friends Group Reunion 2018.
6-7 October 2018: GSK National Autumn Course and dan gradings.
October 2018: BAB National Course. GSK Principal Sensei Mike Smith 6 Dan will be one of the teachers.

Kidderminster Renseikan Dojo, GoShinKai HQ: Calendar of Practice Dates Times 2018

GoShinKai Courses GSK Course Event Dates Sept 2017-Dec 2018 for GSK National, Teachers’ and Twice-monthly Weapons Courses.

British Aikido Board Courses: BAB and Association

See also Events page.

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