New Aikido course at a new venue for September 2016! Come to our brand new beginners' course in Caversham on Tuesday evenings: 20:00-21:30. Free taster session: 20 Sept Course starts: 27 Sept. . Limited space: Please emailus for more details or to book now and reserve your place.
Beginners' Training Options
Caversham, Reading Tuesdays 20:00-21:30 Free taster session on 20 Sept. New eight-week beginners' course starts on 27 Sept. Eight-week course £55.
West Reading at the YMCA Thursdays 19.30-21.30
Sundays 16.30-18.30 Start when you choose! Free taster session. Eight-week rolling
Aikido Foundations Course. Eight-week course £55.
N.B. You must be over 18 to
Member Comments 'The people are friendly and helpful.'
'Practice is offered within a very positive and encouraging environment.'
'It's about developing your own skills in a safe environment.'
'I tried a few martial arts and found Aikido intriguing.'
learning aikido, the training also allowed me to meet great people and make
and mental discipline of Aikido is powerful and something I'd like to fully
develop as my life matures.'
instructor group are united, consistent and their dedication to teaching is
inspiring, all the way to contagious.'
Come and try this
fun and exciting martial art for free with no
Welcome to the White Oak Aikido Dojo in
Reading, Berkshire UK. We run courses in the basics of Aikido to provide beginners
(aged 18+) with a structured introduction to
this exciting martial art at the YMCA to the west of Reading and at the Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall in Caversham. We have a team of highly skilled and qualified male and female teachers with over 80 years' experience in Aikido, so you can be sure that your training will be of the highest calibre.
You're always welcome
to come and watch one of our Aikido sessions at the YMCA and
talk to us before
your first actual training session which is
free, so you have a good opportunity to see if you'll enjoy Aikido, whether
it's the martial art for you and whether you like the club before committing to
You can also come to any of our training sessions at the YMCA for a free taster session or to our new venue at Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall, where we'll be running a taster session on 20 September 2016. Training is open to anyone over the age of 18 and we have no upper age limit.
Experienced Aikido practitioners can also join or
visit us, but please contact us in advance. We also run an Aikido club at Reading
University, which operates during term
times, offering Aikido training for Reading
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a fascinating and engrossing,
traditional Japanese martial art, a way of self-defence, that uses an attacker's strength, momentum
and aggression against themselves in order to
resolve a conflict. Historically, the techniques of Aikido
originate from the throws, joint locks, sword and
staff techniques of the samurai warrior. Aikido optimises the
body's movement to maximise its efficiency and
power, developing a deep kinaesthetic
understanding of how the body works and how this
power can be used most effectively.
Aikido is a
martial art that does not rely on the
practitioner being stronger, fitter or faster
than an attacker, so
it can become a lifelong study. Aikido is a very
flexible martial art, where the practitioner learns to use a level
of response appropriate to the situation.
Emphasis in Aikido training is placed on
absorbing and redirecting an attack rather than
blocking or parrying. Aikido teaches the
importance of achieving mental calm and control
of one's own body in order to deal with an
opponent's attack without causing unnecessary
harm. At one extreme, a form of Aikido is used
by the Tokyo riot police but unlike some other
martial arts, the ultimate aim of modern Aikido
is to control, rather than to maim or kill an
Aikido is a martial art in which
fitness, suppleness, good posture and
co-ordination are all developed through practice.
Self confidence grows as
we train in Aikido and, as co-ordination and
balance improve, we reconnect to being present in
our bodies and to occupying our personal space.
Aikido teaches us to identify our boundaries and
gives us the skills to defend them. As we gain confidence in our Aikido abilities, we can move away from adrenaline
fuelled 'flight or fight' reactions and instead
choose to respond in a manner appropriate to the
situation. The same Aikido approach can be
extended to non-physical conflicts and
Modern living tends to make
us wary of physical contact. Aikido teaches us
to work in close contact with another person in
scenarios where physical contact is at its most
threatening. Aikido is a dynamic,
expansive, moving martial art. Aikido gives us
the opportunity to express ourselves freely
through movement. The absence of tension and
resistance helps to release the ingrained
constraints on our bodies and our movement, that
give rise to frustrations, energy blockages and
illnesses. Aikido teaches us to face our fears
of confrontation and to learn a new way of
resolving conflict. Aikido develops physical
relaxation, mental calmness and awareness in
order to be able to respond freely to what
occurs. Regular training in Aikido helps
practitioners to become centred and grounded and
thereby better able to deal with the stresses of
Aikido was founded in 1991 based at the YMCA,
Parkside Road, Reading Berkshire, and
carries on an Aikido tradition in Reading
which was first established in 1969 at our
sister Aikido club at Reading
University, under the auspices of
Foster Sensei (7th Dan), one of the great
pioneers of Aikido in the UK in the 1950s. Our senior
instructor was a direct student of Haydn Foster
Sensei for many years and all our instructors
are recognised as coaches by the British Aikido
Board, the national governing body for Aikido in
the UK. We teach a traditional style of Aikido
incorporating the ken, jo and body