FREE TASTER AIKIDO
Come and try this
exciting martial art for free with no
just change your life.
people are friendly and helpful.'
about developing your own skills in a
tried a few martial arts and found
'It's fun and challenging.'
Aikido Foundations Course
£55 (£45 concessions)
welcome on any day:
Spring is here and it's time to try something new!
Come and watch.
Try a FREE taster session.
Training available on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Please email us for more information.
Welcome to the White Oak Aikido Dojo in
Reading, Berkshire UK. We run an Aikido Foundations Course to provide beginners
(aged 18+) with a structured introduction to
this exciting martial art. You're always welcome
to come and watch one of our Aikido sessions 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
it's the martial art for you and whether you like the club before committing to
anything. Experienced Aikido practitioners can also join or
visit us (please have
Aikido Board insurance certificate
with you). 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
be used most effectively.
Aikido is a
martial art that does not rely on the
practitioner being stronger, fitter or faster
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
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
To find out more about getting
involved in the martial art of Aikido in Reading:
for Beginners at White Oak Aikido
Club and at Reading University
- some more details about the Aikido clubs and
what to expect if you come along
Times and venues for the Aikido
clubs at Reading YMCA and at Reading University
White Oak Aikido or Reading University Aikido
or please Contact
us if you have any questions about Aikido or
either of the Aikido clubs.
...and here's some pages about
the past - Aikido in the old days
Chi Gung (Qi Gong)
classes in Basingstoke.