We have a friendly and lively club with a mixture of men and women. Our club covers all aspects of aikido training:
We started the club in 1998. Paul Bonett has been practicing aikido since 1980.
We practice in the Shodokan system, developed by Tomiki Kenji Sensei, a senior student of Uyeshiba Morihei, the founder of aikido.
This link gives you a brief history and context for our aikido:Shodokan Aikido (it is quite a good synopsis of our system). The preson mentioned in the article, Nariyama Tetsuro Shihan in Osaka, os Paul Bonett’s Sensei and examiner and the guide for the development of our aikido.
Our club is very successful at regional, national and international level in competition and is well respected for the high standard of its students. It won the overall Team Trophy in the 2010 BAA Kyu Grade Nationals. We entered a team in the 2009 Kyoto Festival of Aikido and the 2013 Osaka Shodokan Aikido Federation tournament. Paul refereed in the 2015 World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. Our Juniors have been regular medal winners at national level competitions.
Training Schedule: Please click on the Training Times link for our timetable.
Clothing: You do not need aikidogi (合気道着 or 合気道衣) is the formal Japanese name for the uniform used for aikido training) to begin with; tracksuit is ok. We are barefoot on the mat (tatami) and there are changing rooms and showers at the dojo.
We welcome beginners and all our students endevour to support newcomers as they begin to learn.
5th Dan – JAA/BAA Aikido; 4th Dan Shotokan karate
BAA/SAUK Senior Grading Examiner
National and International Coach
Manager Shodokan UK International Squad 2001-2005
Kata coach BAA 2015 Gold Coast Squad SAF World Championships
National and International sport aikido Judge and Referee
Tel: 07774 629014 or 01273 677365