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Takemusu Aikido Forest Row



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.

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).

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Schedule & Locations

Takemusu Aikido Forest Row practices throughout the year on Tuesday’s and Friday’s.

Tuesday’s 19:30-21:30 @ Peter Griffits Hall and Friday’s 06:30-07:30 @ Ashdown Forest

If you would like to come along to practice you are welcome to join the Tuesday evening class. For the Friday morning weapons class, please make prior contact so as to confirm the training location as this takes place in the Ashdown Forest and is weather dependent (e.g. heavy rain).


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.

Club Membership

TAFR club membership requires an annual registration and insurance fee of £20. Upon expressing a wish to continue practicing after an initial training session, a membership form will need to be completed and returned with 2 passport photos and the insurance/registration fee. The insurance covers the Aikido practitioner for 1 year, and can be used as proof of insurance when attending external seminars. TAFR is a member club of the Aikido Research Federation, which in turn is a full member of the British Aikido Board, a National Governing Body of Aikido within the UK.


The main instructor is Nicolas de Knoop, who holds dan level grades in both taijutsu (body techniques) and buki waza (weapons), received through Morihiro Saito Sensei and Dr. Paolo Corallini Sensei. Nicolas is fully insured and a registered coach with the British Aikido Board (BAB). Other instructors include Mark Jackson and Stephen Oliver.


The basic equipment required for students are a keiko-gi (training uniform), a bokken (wooden sword), and jo (wooden staff). These products can be bought from a variety of sources. When purchasing a bokken however, please could you make sure that it has a squared off Saki (tip). This is for safety reasons.

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