West Reading at the YMCA Thursdays
Train once, twice or
three times a week.
N.B. You must be over 18 to
people are friendly and helpful.'
'Practice is offered within a
very positive and encouraging
'It's about developing your own skills
in a safe environment.'
'I tried a few martial arts and found
'It's fun and challenging.'
'Apart from learning aikido,
the training also allowed me to meet
great people and make friends.’
‘The physical 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
What we love about
Aikido - our Aikido Reading list of
favourite words in a word cloud:
Aikido Reading and
Caversham - Martial Arts in Reading
Start something new! Just
come along, try a free Aikido
session and discover what it's all
Aikido in Reading,
Berkshire, at the White Oak Dojo. We've been
offering training in Japanese martial arts in Reading and the surrounding area
since 1991. 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 in west
Reading and at the Caversham Heights Methodist
Church Hall in Caversham
to the north of Reading. Just get
in touch to give Aikido a go!
along and try Aikido for yourself - it's
a friendly martial arts club, where you're
always welcome to come and watch one of our
classes and talk to us before you start
training. What's more, your first training
session is free, so you can have a go and see if you'll enjoy Aikido, whether
it's the martial art for you and whether you like the classes before committing
to anything. Martial arts training at White
Oak Aikido is open to anyone over the age of
18 and we have no upper age limit. Find out
more about starting
your martial arts training in Reading.
Who will be teaching me?
Our team of highly skilled
and qualified male and female instructors
have some 90 years' experience of training in
and teaching Aikido. That means you can be
sure that your martial arts training will be
of the highest calibre. Please read on to
discover more about what is Aikido, the
benefits of Aikido and our Aikido lineage and
What is Aikido?
Aikido is a fascinating and engrossing,
traditional Japanese martial art, a way of
self-defence, that makes use of an attacker's strength,
momentum and aggression. Historically, the techniques of
Aikido originate from the throws, joint locks,
sword and staff techniques of the samurai
warrior. Aikido training will also help you to optimise how
you move your body to maximise your efficiency
and power, developing a deep
understanding of how your body works and how
this power can be used most effectively.
Aikido is a
martial art that doesn't rely on you being
stronger, fitter or faster than an attacker, so it can become a
lifelong study. Obviously, of course, younger
people will tend to be more active and train
harder and more physically, whilst older people
will tend to train more slowly - either way, our
aim will be to challenge you and push your
boundaries. You'll find that Aikido is a very
flexible martial art, where you learn to use a level of response
appropriate to the situation.
Emphasis in your
Aikido training is placed on evading, absorbing
and redirecting an attack, rather than trying to
block an attack by a potentially stronger
person. Aikido classes will teach you the
importance of achieving mental calm and control
of your own body in order to deal with an
opponent's attack effectively and, whenever
possible, 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
opponent. Check out our tips on finding the
best martial art for you.
Aikido is a dynamic, expansive
in which you'll develop fitness, suppleness,
good posture and co-ordination. Your self-confidence will also
increase as you train in Aikido and, as your
co-ordination and balance improve, you'll work
on being more present in your body and on
occupying your personal space. Aikido training
helps you to identify your personal boundaries
and gives you the skills to defend them. As you
train in Aikido and gain confidence in your
skills, you'll be
able to move away from adrenaline fuelled
'flight or fight' reactions and instead choose
to respond in the manner most appropriate to the
situation. The same Aikido approach can be
extended to non-physical conflict resolution.
Modern living tends to make
us wary of physical contact. Aikido training
will help you to work in close contact with
another person in scenarios where physical
contact is at its most threatening.
Aikido classes offer you the opportunity to
express yourself freely through movement. The
absence of physical and mental tension and
resistance, which we emphasise in our Aikido
classes, can help you to release any ingrained
constraints in your body and your movement, that
could give rise to frustrations, energy
blockages and illnesses. Aikido can help you to
face any fear of confrontation you may have and
to learn a new way of resolving conflict.
Training in Aikido will develop your physical
relaxation, mental calmness and awareness, so
you can respond freely to what occurs. Regular
training in Aikido helps you to become centred
and grounded and, therefore, better able to deal
with the stresses of daily life.
Oak Aikido Reading - Lineage and Affiliation
Aikido in Reading 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 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 some 27 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
empty-handed techniques, the bokken and the jo -
a look at our vision here.
Aikido Videos Now Available
Nine videos of Saito
Sensei's seminar in Cambridge in 1989 are now
available from Vimeo on Demand. You can watch
Aikido Video trailer on Facebook. Or head
over to our Vimeo page for Saito
Sensei Videos to access all six hours of
this in-depth teaching.
out more about getting involved in the
martial art of Aikido in Reading:
for Beginners at White Oak Aikido
- some more details about the Aikido clubs and
what to expect if you come along. Aikido
Training Timesand venues for
the Aikido clubs at Reading YMCA and Caversham
Heights Methodist Church Hall. Joining
White Oak Aikido Reading.
Or please Contact
us if you have any questions about Aikido classes
in Reading. ...and here's some pages about
the past - Aikido in the old days
Martial arts training at our Aikido dojos in
west Reading and Caversham.
Beginners are always welcome to come along and
watch a training session or to join in for a
free taster session - come and give Aikido a go!
Easily accessible from Emmer
Coley, Katesgrove, Southcote,
Fords Farm, Holy Brook, Norcot, Newtown, Lower
Earley, Kennet Island, Green Park Village,
Whitley Wood, Woodley, Pangbourne, Purley on
Thames and Thatcham.
stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.
The key to good technique is to keep your hands,
feet, and hips straight and centred. If you are
centred, you can move freely. The physical centre
is your belly; if your mind is set there as well,
you are assured of victory in any endeavour.”
O Sensei – the founder of Aikido (1883-1969).