OUR 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.
- Please inform the instructor if you have an injury, restricted movement, a medical or other condition that could affect you when you take part in physical activity. Please inform your practice partners, if necessary.
- You must be insured to train. Goshinkai makes provision for new beginners, who may attend two classes prior to joining Goshinkai.
- Training Clothes and Equipment: Judo or Karate suit (white). White belts are worn until practitioner achieves 1st Dan and wears black belt and hakama (black or dark blue). It is good for senior kyu grades to have their own bokken, jo and tanto.
- Belt must be tied correctly. One version of how to do this is shown here:
Beginners are always welcome. Everyone was a beginner at some time so we will do our best to help you. Your teacher will help you learn and understand the techniques. Your practice partners will also talk you through the movements required for executing and receiving the techniques and conditioning exercises.
Most Aikido practice is with a partner (sometimes two or more). Practice can be empty handed or with wooden weapons: bokken (wooden sword), jo (short staff), tanto (wooden dagger). Techniques involve throws, joint manipulations and joint locks. The techniques are practiced in tachiwaza (both practice partners standing), suwariwaza (both starting from kneeling seated position then moving in shikko (knee-walking)) and hanmihandachiwaza (attacker standing, defender seated). Beginners will need to spend a significant amount of their early practice on developing good posture and stance, on body movement (entering, turning) and forward and backward breakfalls.
The aim of practice is to develop mind, body and spirit. The training atmosphere in the Dojo should reflect positive energy, readiness to learn with an open mind, a spirit of co-operation, support and mutual respect. All this should combine to make practice enjoyable and exhilarating. The Dojo Etiquette is a set of guidelines that help us try to attain such an atmosphere.
“Onegaishimasu” “Please teach me”
“Domo Arigato Gozaimashita” “Thank you very much”
Goshinkai Grading Syllabus Download here ; Kyu Grading Form – Download here to follow
Gradings and Grading Protocol at Bloomsbury Aikido Club 2017 – Download here
The grading system is important to our Practice in that it provides a structure to, benchmarks in and recognition of an individual Aikido student’s development. The system helps to ensure that training standards are upheld and that Aikido is passed down in its traditional form. However, gradings should be viewed in a proper perspective as a training tool and not as the reason for training.
Aikido students should train regularly throughout the year and not just when they feel that the time has come for them to get their next grade. All club members should try to support those students who are preparing for gradings, at whatever level. The form of this support should include regular attendance at class, doing your best to practise with flowing movement and blending with (not blocking) your practice partner, attending any mock gradings and the grading itself, either as observers or, if a suitable grade, taking part in the examinations as uke.
AIKIDO TECHNIQUES AND NOMENCLATURE
The Bicester Aikido Club website has an excellent “Resources for the Aikido Practitioner” section, see http://www.bicesteraikido.org/resources.htm