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

BLOOMSBURY AIKIDO CLUB. A UCL Alumni Aikido Group club.

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

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Non-UCL students are welcome at UCLU Aikido Club classes, see Joining a UCLU Club.

See also ‘Joining and Insurance’ below.




UCLU Aikido Club Classes

Traditional Aikido classes are in the DOJO /Multipurpose Room, UCLU Bloomsbury Fitness Centre. There is no class fee but you must pay to enter Bloomsbury Fitness, see .
Wednesday 18:00-20:00 Sensei Paul Magee, Exeter Aikido
Saturday 10:00-12:00 – Sensei Barbara Sotowicz, twice a month. Club practice on alternate weeks.
Check “News” for summer timetable and courses.
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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See also ‘Joining and Insurance’ below.

Joining and Insurance

Bloomsbury Aikido Club is a member the GoShinKai Association. For insurance purposes, you need to join GoShinKai after two classes. New members will soon be able to download a GSK Membership Application Form here. Update in progress. Please return the completed form (GSK Membership Form Example 2016 to follow) to our club registrar with your cheque made out to (details to follow) and with a stamped envelope. GSK Annual Membership includes insurance to train and free grading examinations:Students – £to be confirmed; Non-students £to be confirmed.
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.


Downloads and Credits

This section will be updated soon

GoShinKai Membership Application Form & notes.
GoShinKai Membership Form Example 2016

GoShinKai Grading Syllabus
GoShinKai Kyu Grading Form

Gradings and Grading Protocol at Bloomsbury Aikido Club

Bloomsbury Aikido Logo: A big THANK YOU to Jon Maunder for the creation and donation of our logo.