Holistic Fitness Aikido Classes are run by Aikikai Aikido and we are one of the few dojo's in England affiliated with the Yokohama International Aikido Club, Japan. Based in Central Wimbledon, Aikikai Aikido classes are open to all adults whatever skill or fitness level and we guarantee a friendly and welcoming atmosphere!
Monday 7:00pm – 8:15pm Aikikai Aikido / All Abilities / ages 14+ Wimbledon
Thursday 7:00pm – 8:15pm Aikikai Aikido / All Abilities / ages 14+ Wimbledon
"I decided to take up martial arts a couple of years ago from scratch and I have to say that the Aikikai Aikido classes at Holistic Fitness are great. The dojo is a great space, the instructors are top notch and classmates are welcoming and patient. Definitely give it a try - all ages and all levels!"
S. Busby Aikido Student
About Aikikai Aikido Classes
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), often referred to by his title 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher'. On a purely physical level it is an art involving some throws and joint locks that are derived from Jujitsu and some throws and other techniques derived from Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.
Aikido offers much more than a physical skill to the practitioner; Students develop their technique through ‘partner practice’ and this non-competitive, harmonious form of training is key to understanding it's benefits, both mental (stress release, spiritual enlightenment ) and physical (fitness, self-defence) - It's also what makes Aikido training so enjoyable. As a modern "Budo" (literally, ‘martial way’), Aikido has a strong ethical basis grounded in the founder's message of harmony and peace.
Although the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art. Aikido offers a counter-balance to our stressful modern lives through the enjoyable and mentally stimulating practice of this refined martial art.
Aikido practise can benefit everyone, male or female, young or old, of any ethnic or national origin. All can enjoy and improve their health and fitness by attending regular and well run classes. The formal and more cerebral aspect of our system appeal to certain students, the competitive and sports side to others. Its full and natural body movement has aerobic benefits for all. When practised regularly it will assist in developing a fitter, more supple and stronger body with improved flexibility, reflexes and reactions.
Aikido is essentially non-violent, encourages harmony and avoidance of confrontation. Force is never opposed by force. Resolving a conflict quiescently is better for all concerned and students soon learn how to improve their self-awareness, and with the techniques learnt, also grow in self-confidence. In this Aikido teaches self-defence. Aikido is today's fastest growing recreational activity with Japanese origins that go back many centuries. Aikido as practised today includes joint locking techniques and body movements from many of the ancient fighting methods taught, used, and perfected by the Samurai in feudal Japan.
Aikido principles are based on exploiting the weaknesses of an opponent. Joints, posture, the mind can all be vulnerable areas when attacked or challenged. In essence Aikido is turning an opponents' power against themselves by using the exact degree of control required to neutralise their energy without inflicting undue harm.
Aikido Class Prices:
Trial Classes are £15-00 per session
After 3 occasional sessions you will need to sign up for annual membership to train on a regular basis.
Membership includes insurance and your Martial Arts Licence.
Aikido Class fees are:
£45-00 per month for 1 session per week
£65-00 per month for 2 sessions per week
Still got some questions about Aikido? Visit our FAQ'S / call us directly on 0208 946 5255 / Contact Us