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 Chief Instructor

dojoBarbara Sotowicz Sensei, 5th Dan, Goshinkai Shidoin, BAB L3 Coach.
Head of Dojo, Bloomsbury Aikido

Bloomsbury 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 the GoShinKai Aikido Association.

BAC classes are moving. After 17 February 2017 there will be no more weekly classes in The Upper Room. Read BACNewsletter 2017-1 for more on BAC’s current role.

Bloomsbury Aikido hosts courses in London (c.3/year).

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.





UCL Aikido Club

Student-led Club offering traditional Aikikai and Shodokan, Aikido.
Aikikai Traditional training
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.
Traditional training is in the MP Room, Bloomsbury Fitness. Please come early to lay mats (sadly, traditional dojo was 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 BAC and Insurance

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 fr. 1/2/2017
This is a combined fee for membership to GSK, BAC and BAB. It covers insurance to practise Aikido in the UK. Pay by cheque or bank transfer. Standard: £37; Concessions £30. of which £5 is 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, 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 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, 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)


UCL Aikido Club

UCL Alumni Online Community

Eigoku Bansen Kai, Exeter Aikido

Kidderminster Aikido – GoShinKai

GoShinKai Aikido Association

Go Shin Kai Aikido Facebook page

British Aikido Board

Hombu, the Aikikai Foundation, Japan

For other useful information about Aikido, techniques, nomenclature, etiquette See, for example:

National Courses go to Events page
GoShinKai National Courses
British Aikido Board Courses: BAB and Association

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