Members Information

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba. It is based on self improvement and is a sound way to develop a personal level of fitness and is an enjoyable pastime which can fit in with work, social and family life.

We practice traditional Ueshiba Aikido (body art) and Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo (wooden weapons) and are affiliated to the Aikikai Foundation (Hombu Dojo) in Japan via the British Aikido Board.

The club has several practicing black belts from 1st Dan to 6th Dan, all of which are qualified British Aikido Board (BAB) instructors and are covered by Personal Indemnity Insurance.

Average attendance per training session is 10 students.

Minimum age is 18. We do not run a children/junior class.

CLOSED (seeking a new venue)

Wynstones School, Gloucester

Tuesday evenings

19:00 to 21:00 - All grades Aikido body art

NOW OPEN

The Painswick Centre

Bisley Street, Painswick, GL6 6QQ

Sunday mornings

08:30 to 11:00 - All grades weapons

CLOSED Probably Until October

Sir William Romney School, Tetbury

Wednesday evenings

19:00 to 21:00 - All grades Aikido body art and weapons

When & Where

Locations throughout Gloucestershire

 

Membership & Fees

A choice to suit your wants/needs

​Annual membership

Annual membership of Go Shin Kai is £32.00, which includes basic insurance. Consessions are available. This fee must be paid annually to ensure insurance cover.

Insurance for members, instructors and venues is provided through membership of the BAB which is included in our annual Go Shin Kai membership.  Insurance details can be found on the BAB website.

 

Class Fees

Please contact the club for further information on the following fee options and prices:

Option One - Monthly Subscription (our preferred option and the best value for money).

Option Two - Pre Payment members will be able to pre-purchase attendance fees in blocks of 10 sessions.

 

New Member Introductory Package

This includes two free “trial” sessions followed by10 introductory training sessions, the essential GSK membership with BAB insurance and a first (6th Kyu) Grading.

Equipment

A judogi or gi (judo suit) is preferred. However, for the first few practices, something loose - track suit/t-shirt or similar is acceptable.

 

Judogi can be purchased from Nine Circles that offers a full range of martial arts eqipment and special offers an Aikido Beginners Pack.

Footwear should be worn from changing rooms to dojo (practice hall). These can be zori or other slip-on footware.

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Hygiene

  • Don’t train if you are ill or feel unwell

  • Keep fingernails and toenails short

  • Training judogi should be clean and tidy

  • Keep long hair tied back

  • Apart from a water bottle, no food or drink on the mat

See our COVID News pages for special COVID safety arrangements.

Safety

  • Zori (japanese sandles), flip-flops or other slip-on footware should be worn between changing areas and the mat

  • Don’t be late. If you are late, stand off the mat and wait for permission from the instructor to join the class

  • Remove jewellery before training

  • If you get injured during the practice, stop straight away and let the instructor know

  • Protect your training partner from injury

  • The class then begins with a warm-up and stretching

  • If you need to leave the mat during practice, ask permission from the instructor and standing bow when leaving and returning

Japanese Dojo Etiquette

  • Bow standing facing the centre of the dojo when you enter the dojo

  • When you get on the mat, remove zori and kneeling bow towards the picture of O'Sensei

  • When our instructor arrives, the class line up kneeling, facing the picture of O'Sensei in order of grade, with the highest grade on the right

  • Our instructor joins the class and we all kneeling bow to O'Sensei

  • Our instructor bows to the class, and we return the bow saying “Onegaishimasu

  • During the class, standing bow to your partner before and after practicing

  • At the end of the class we line up in the same way, our instructor bows to O'Sensei, then to the class and we thank everyone with “Domo arigato gozaimashita” before the instructor leaves the mat

  • There is a final bow led by the most senior student, then the class has then finished

Dojo Etiquette