Welcome …

2/6/23. This site is being updated.  C&B Aikido regular classes closed at the COVID lockdown.  BAC and C&B Aikido no longer hold regular classes but do continue to run special events. 

… to the BAC; C&B; and UCL Aikido Clubs’ website. We practise Aikido in an atmosphere of friendship, encouragement and mutual development, following the example set by Aikido Founder, O Sensei M. Ueshiba, his heirs and two of our most respected British teachers, Shihan Mr W.Smith M.B.E. and Shihan Mr Mike Smith.
… also to the UCL Alumni Aikido GroupPlease scroll down


Poster UCLAAG 9July2022

UCL+C&B Aikido with..


….Sugawara Shihan 7 Dan
(Hombu dojo) at his course hosted by North London Aikido,
March 2019.

C&B Aikido Club

BAC: A UCL Alumni Aikido Group club. Alumni counterpart, in London, to UCL Aikido; founder member of Goshinkai. BAC hosts UCLAAG and GSK courses. BACNewsletter 2017-1.
Cheltenham & Bloomsbury Aikido Club: Sports hall, Leisure at Cheltenham Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham GL50 4RN. CLASSES WILL RESUME WHEN COVID SITUATION IMPROVES go to ‘News’, usually:
Mondays 10:45-12:15 to be confirmed
Fridays 12:15-13:45 to be confirmed
Sensei Barbara Sotowicz 6 Dan, Goshinkai Shidoin, BAB CL3.
Class fee £7 standard; £5 concs.. Beginner’s first class free. Membership fee go to ‘Joining’. Classes are for adults (18+y). Visitors from other clubs/associations and beginners always welcome. Contact C&BAC.

“Always train in a vibrant and joyful manner” – O Sensei

UCL Aikido Club

Student-led club offering traditional Aikikai Aikido.
Term 1 training from 6 Oct.2021
Bloomsbury Fitness Centre,15 Gordon St., London WC1H 0AY
Wed. 19:30-21:30 Multipurpose Room
Sat. 14:00-16:00 Studio
Check Facebook Page: UCL Aikido and put your name on the sign-up sheet before attending.
Instructor: Sensei Ara Schorscher-Petcu, 2nd Dan GoShinKai Fukushidoin .
Contact UCL Aikido Officers. Join UCL Aikido fee. Non-UCL Student Join UCL Club fee.
BF Fees may apply.
Training clothes see below.
Find UCL Aikido Club on Discord at the following link: https://discord.gg/tXAhpzw


Joining C&BAC and Insurance

Club Annual Membership Fees 2019
This is a combined fee for membership to GoShinKai, C&BAC and BAB. It covers insurance to practise Aikido in the UK. Standard: £37; Concessions £30. of which £5 is C&BAC membership. Before your first class, for Health and Safety reasons please complete the GSK Member/Visitor Form and the Bloomsbury Aikido Club PARQ. For insurance reasons, new 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 show insurance slips. Visitors from abroad must bring evidence of travel insurance covering martial arts activities. 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.


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UCL Aikido Club course with Sensei Mike Smith 6 Dan, GSK Principal. Nov. 2018.


Scheduled events and classes may have to be cancelled due to COVID uncertainty.


Hombu Dojo-cho online Facebook Training (limited period).

IAF Zoom Classes. Visit International Aikido Federation YouTube Channel.

Visit Shihan Tomohiro Mori’s YouTube Channel

Aikido Journal
Join the Newsletter (free).
Article: Age of Coronavirus: A Time for Leadership and Unity

Our calendar listings include courses hosted by our clubs plus:
– UCL Alumni Aikido & Friends Group Reunions.
– GSK General, Weapons, Teachers’, Alliance Courses Kidderminster Renseikan Dojo, GoShinKai HQ
BAF Summer School, Chester.
– Courses hosted by Malvern Aikido (BAF) .
BAB National Course .
N.B. any published dates may be subject to change.


Downloads and Credits

Go Shin Kai Membership Application Form
Go Shin Kai Grading System Contents
1. GSK Notes for Teachers and Examiners
2. GSK Notes for Candidates
4. GSK Qualification Periods for Grading
5 GSK Kyu, Dan, Grading Application Forms
6.1 GSK Teaching Syllabus 1 Unarmed
7. GSK Grading Exam Content Checklist
GSK CIS-1.1: Goshinkai Instructor Accreditation
Bloomsbury Aikido Logo: A big THANK YOU to Jon Maunder for creating and donating our logo.

Sekiya Sensei 3 UCL 1978

Sekiya Sensei teaching in the original permanent dojo, the “Judo Room”, CCB, in 1978.