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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
Reading University London Road Campus, 4 Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX
Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall, 74 Highmoor Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire RG4 7BG
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Aikido Weapons Training

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

Three kinds of weapon are used:

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 in Reading, Berkshire, UK
Info 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.
Aikido Training Times and venues for the Aikido clubs at Reading YMCA, Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall and at Reading University.
Joining White Oak Aikido or Reading University Aikido Club.
or please Contact us if you have any questions about Aikido or the club.
...and here's some pages about Aikido in the past.

Chi Gung (Qi Gong) classes in Basingstoke and Caversham, Reading.

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