Prime Aims

• To provide an opportunity to practise Traditional Aikido, following the example set by the Founder of Aikido, O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba and the UKA’s first Principal, Mr William Smith Sensei (d. 2006).

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


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Head of Dojo

dojoBarbara Sotowicz Sensei, 5th Dan, UKA Shidoin. BAB Coach Level 3.

Bloomsbury Aikido Club

at Bloomsbury Fitness

Associated with the UCL Alumni Aikido Group

ADDRESS: Bloomsbury Fitness
Bloomsbury Building
15 Gordon Street
London WC1

PARKING is on street: Camden Pay and Display and Residents’ Parking Zone CA-D/E. Parking restrictions apply Mon-Fri 8:30-18:30; Sat 8:30-13:30. NB the two parking spaces immediately outside the Bloomsbury Building are residents’ parking spaces.






Class times may vary, please confirm via e-mail.

Monday 18:00–19:30 DOJO
Wednesday 18:00-20:00 DOJO
Thursday 08:00-09:00am STUDIO

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 in the Dojo is on mats, in bare feet.

See ‘Joining and Booking’ below.


Joining and Booking a Class

Bloomsbury Fitness (BF) Membership and Booking in for a Class: 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.

UKA Annual Membership (this covers insurance to train):
Students – £25; Non-students £32

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 to the instructor with your cheque made out to Renshinkan Affiliations and with a stamped envelope.

Visitors who are regular practitioners elsewhere in the UK must bring insurance slips. Visitors from abroad must bring evidence of travel insurance covering martial arts activities.



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