ANDY HATHAWAY DOJO CHO 21 March 2020: In the light of the Government’s unequivocal orders last night, the dojo has no choice but to close, whatever our personal views. Over the next few days I will be posting advice about solo training, including suburi, awase,kata, and sotai. If you would like to see it please join facebook group 'thelondonaikidoclub'. 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.