Please see this post regarding our practices over the summer while we are still under COVID restrictions.
Welcome to The Oxford Aikikai
The Oxford University Aikido Club was founded in 1971 and the Oxford City Aikido Club in 1975. Together they form the Oxford Aikikai (kai means ‘a society’) and share the same premises at the Oxford University Sports Centre, enjoying superb facilities with a purpose-built dojo (practice room) and permanently laid tatami (practice mats). One particular advantage of this arrangement is that practice can continue throughout the University vacations.
As a member of the British Aikido Federation (BAF), we follow a traditional approach to Aikido training. Members are encouraged to attend regular courses with senior BAF instructors, which are held throughout the year.
Our Chief Instructor Richard Martin (4th Dan) was promoted to Fukushidoin in 2016. He is assisted by 4 fully qualified resident instructors: Nick Belshaw (4rd Dan), Graham Jones (3rd Dan), Chris Brunsden (2nd Dan).
Aikikai Aikido (‘Traditional Aikido’)
A variety of Aikido ‘styles’ have developed over the years, but the Aikido of the Aikikai Foundation remains the orthodox Aikido as conceived by the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (O-sensei). It is a weaponless system designed solely for self-defence. As a discipline for self-improvement, it is essentially non-violent and non-competitive.
This is the Aikido taught and practiced by the Oxford Aikikai.