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White Oak Aikido Reading Berkshire
offering classes in the Japanese martial art of Aikido since 1991

...the way of the warrior   ...the way of harmony
YMCA, Parkside Road, Reading, Berkshire RG30 2DD
Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall, 74 Highmoor Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire RG4 7BG
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Aikido Weapons Training

The weapons taught at White Oak Aikido Reading are mainly based on those taught byJo training Saito Sensei (Iwama). Weapons training forms an important part of our Aikido training and is included in the gradings from 5th kyu upwards.

We use three kinds of weapons in our training:

Bokken (wooden sword) - Aiki-ken
Jo (short stick) - Aiki-jo
Tanto (usually a wooden or rubber knife)

A list of the main training techniques is given below.


  • 7 suburi
  • 7 awase
  • 3 'alternative' awase
  • 5 Kumi Tachi
  • Happo Giri
  • Tachi dori
  • Ki mu subi no tachi
  • Kata
                                            Sensei, the founder of
                                            Aikido meditating

O Sensei - meditating before a bokken demonstration.


  • 20 suburi
  • 8 awase
  • 10 kumi jo
  • 31 kata
  • 31 kata partner practice
  • 13 kata
  • 13 kata partner practice
  • Jo dori
  • Jo randori
Aikido jo practice
                                          outside Jo training outdoors.


  • Tanto dori.
                                            at Reading University Aikido
                                            Club Tanto dori - disarming an attacker armed with a knife.

To find out more about getting involved in the martial art of Aikido in Reading:

Home page of White Oak Aikido Reading, Berkshire, UK
Info for Beginners at White Oak Aikido Club Reading - some more details about the Aikido clubs and what to expect if you come along.
Aikido Training Times and 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 or the club.
...and here's some pages about Aikido in the past.

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