ANDY HATHAWAY DOJO CHO Edited 11 April 2021

All of that stated below on 20 March 2020 still holds true, but now there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Certain additional points can be made. Sadly, we have had to give up our permanent dojo in Windus Road since it was impossible for us to use it, but we remain in existence as a firmly committed group ready to resume practicing when it is legal and safe to do so. We have an arrangement with a local school to resume practice and we have money in the kitty to pay for that. Anybody is welcome to join us socially in the meantime. We have a permanently open door, even if it is a virtual door at the moment. Now that the rule of 6 meeting outdoors is applicable, we have four outdoor practices a week running for outdoors socially distanced aiki weapons training. Please see the Dojo news section for details.

ANDY HATHAWAY DOJO CHO March 2020: In the light of the Government’s unequivocal orders , the dojo has had no choice but to close. I am posting advice about SOLO TRAINING, including suburi, awase, kata, and sotai (personal practice) on YouTube. If you would like to see it please click on the 'YouTube clips' option on the right hand side of this screen OR join our facebook group 'thelondonaikidoclub' where you can find out more about free zoom sessions. There’s a lot we can do on an individual basis to practice and keep the Aiki feeling alive.

We’ll do whatever we can to hang together at this difficult and demanding time. I wish everyone good health and good fortune.

AIKIDO is a traditional Japanese budo, ie a martial art concerned not only with practical technique but also with the positive effect that the unity of mind, body and spirit attained through training can have on daily life. The goal of our Aikido is self-development. There are no competitions, and strong emphasis is placed on helping each other in every way.

Aikido is for everyone. We have members aged between 5 and 80. All are welcome.

Training is slow and careful, and gradual development is emphasised. There is no need to be fit or strong to begin. Our instructors are qualified and insured by the Sport England recognised governing body (BAB), and we implement full child protection procedures.

The chief instructor Andrew Hathaway holds a 6th dan rank from the Aikikai Foundation, and all dan ranks are Aikikai registered.

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