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What is Aikido?
Aikido is a Japanese martial art, or Budo, created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). It literally means “the way (-do) of harmony (Ai-) through universal energy (-ki-)”. Aikido techniques consist of blending with one’s partner, entering and turning movements, joint locks and throws, all which integrate with a comprehensive weapons system (sword and short staff).
Club & Class Overview
Takemusu Aikido Forest Row is a not-for-profit club, and has been dedicated to traditional Aikido practice since 2009. This weekly class is for both men and women aged 16 and over. It is taught in the Iwama-Ryu pedagogy after Morihiro Saito Sensei, which means that there is a balanced emphasis on Buki Waza (weapons) and Taijutsu (body techniques), as well as a strong focus on basic techniques and their correct application.
To find out more about the club and Aikido in general, please click here.
Nicolas de Knoop is the main instructor. Additional instructors are Mark Jackson and Stephen Oliver.
Coming for the first time?
The first lesson is free.
Please note that Aikido is a martial art which requires a certain level of fitness. If you have any health concerns, please consult your doctor before coming to practice. Aikido involves wrist, elbow, shoulder, lapel (etc) grabs and strikes, and involves falls and joint locks. Every effort is made to ensure safe and enjoyable practice, with a step by step approach geared to all levels of practitioners. If you have any concerns, please get in touch (see below for details).
Please arrive at the Peter Griffits hall for 7:20pm. Mats are laid out for a 7:30pm start. If you do not have a gi (training uniform), please wear comfortable but sturdy clothes!
The first lesson is free. From there it is £25 per month, or £7 drop in. Please note there is an annual insurance and registration fee of £20.
Phone: 01342-825-337 or 0772-237-6092