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To Start - Aikido

  • Learn Self Defence - Learn to blend with forces and not to be there when an attack arrives.
  • Improves Fitness
  • Boosts Confidence
  • Releases Stress
  • Study Skills - Aikido is non-competitive
  • Have Fun
  • Learn in Friendly classes

As a beginner you will be gradually introduced to the principles of Aikido.

You will practise at your own level and ability - a willingness generally to have a go is an asset.

Aikido is a non-competitive martial art. This means there are no individual contests as in many other martial arts.

Because of the way we structure a class we don't have beginner's courses.

Classes are tailored for the students present to introduce beginners safely to the practice of Aikido and to ensure the development of existing students.

In Aikido we think of our ‘partner’ as someone to work with in order to achieve a mutual goal rather than our ‘opponent’, which implies a struggle against one another. This makes learning Aikido much easier as every student passes on what they have learned with their fellow students to their future partners. This cooperation between students makes for a friendly and helpful dojo environment.

Some of the time you will be taken to one side with other beginners to be taught movements, rolls or techniques. Other times you will be integrated with the rest of the class where you will have the opportunity to practise with higher grade students.

You will be able to watch Dan grades practice with senior students.


It is advisable to wear something loose and un-restricting like a track suit. Please try to avoid anything with zips/buttons etc. Judo / Karate suits are not necessary for your initial classes.


We are offering three free taster sessions provided you are new to Aikido.

After your third class you need to pay mat fees and also become a member of our Association the Lancashire Aikikai to continue

Details of fees.

Further background

On your first visit(s) a senior student will welcome you onto the mat and make sure you 'know the ropes', especially regarding safety and unfamiliar language and etiquette.

In a class you will be shown basic evasive movements and introduced to methods of movement and falling which will keep you safe when you practise Aikido.

We are a small friendly club established in 1989. The club is not run for profit nor are any wages paid. We are a club of the Lancashire Aikikai, itself established in 1966, which is a member organisation of the national Governing Body, the British Aikido Board, which is recognised by Sport England.

The Lancashire Aikikai is affilated to Yomohama International Aikido and through that to Hombu - Aikido HQ. The Aikikai's Technical Director is Mimuro Sensei. See our links page

We feel there are great benefits to one's lifestyle from practising Aikido so come and join us in the elegant martial art.

The Club applies Safeguarding policies.


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You need to be 16+ / Adult to join the class

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