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

BAC Head of Dojo

dojoBarbara Sotowicz Sensei, 5th Dan, Goshinkai Shidoin, BAB Coach Level 3.
Head of Dojo, Bloomsbury Aikido

Bloomsbury Aikido Club

BAC: A UCL Alumni Aikido Group club. Assistant Instructor: Kris Zymla, 1st Dan.
Friday 17:30-18:30 in The Upper Room (ring doorbell). Sensei Barbara twice a month. Club informal practice on alternate weeks.
Standard: £15/mth or £10/session.
UCL Alumni Card holders: £12/mth or £8/session.
Students: £7.50/mth or £5/session.
Beginner first session: free
Contact BAC. Facebook UCL Alumni Aikido Group and Friends .
Membership of BAC is open to all in the community (18+years). Visitors from other associations and beginners always welcome at formal classes.




UCLU Aikido Club

Student-led Club offering traditional Aikikai and competitive, Shodokan, Aikido. Traditional training is in the DOJO/MP Room, UCLU Bloomsbury Fitness. Wednesday 18:00-20:00 – teaching tbc.
Saturday 10:00-12:00 – Sensei Barbara, twice a month. Club informal practice on alternate weeks. Please come early to lay mats (traditional dojo demolished 14/12/2013 by BFManager). Teaching is provided free by UCL Alumni Aikido Group Instructors.
Contact UCLU Aikido. Join UCLU Aikido fee. Non-UCL Student Join UCLU Club fee. Facebook.
BF closed from 12/12/2016, reopening 16/1/2017


Joining BAC and Insurance

BAC is a member of the GoShinKai Association. For insurance, BAC members need to join GSK after two classes. Please return the completed GSK Membership Application Form to our club registrar with cheque made out to GO SHIN KAI. GSK Annual Membership includes insurance to train. Standard £32; Concessions £25. Above rates include Kyu grading fees. Special rate for student members of college clubs: £7 – excludes grading fees (£15perKyugrading). Visitors from other UK associations must bring insurance slips. Visitors from abroad must bring evidence of travel insurance covering martial arts activities. Suitable training clothes: a Judo or Karate suit. At first, a sturdy T-shirt and track suit trousers will do, covering and 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.
The Upper Room 8, Greenland Street, Camden Town, London NW1 0ND. (Ring doorbell)


Downloads and Credits

This section will be updated soon

Go Shin Kai Membership Application Form & notes.
GoShinKai Membership Form Example 2016

GoShinKai Grading Syllabus
Goshinkai Kyu Grading Form
Kyu Gradings and Grading Guidelines at Bloomsbury Aikido Club revision in preparation

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