What do I have to do to begin?

Be aged 18 or over.

Come along to any class and join in as a beginner or take a seat and watch.

You will gain much more insight into aikido if you join in. If you would like to participate you should bring:

Loose clothing with a bit of ‘give’ (like sports trousers and a t-shirt)

Flip Flops for walking when off the mat area. (Training is in bare feet or with socks if needed.)

A bottle of water.

A small towel if you perspire easily.

The initial training fee of £7.

You won't be asked to sign up to anything, though you will be asked to fill in an emergency contact form and a short medical fitness form.

So what are the classes like?

Class sizes vary and we run a mixed class with separate changing facilities. The classes are quite social affairs and training partners are encouraged to help each other with fair practice and advice.

In the main training group, partners are changed frequently so you aren’t stuck with one person all night. Everyone works at their own pace during the training sessions and no one is forced into doing anything they are not comfortable with.

As a New Beginner you will have a coach qualified instructor assigned to you for the first few lessons. He will take you to separate part of the mat, show you how to fall in a safe way, explain the basic movements and teach you a few techniques. Once you are ready and feel comfortable with it, you can join the main group. Usually this takes a couple of classes but there is no pressure if you want to take longer.

Whats the training like?

Your introductory classes will include:

Gentle stretching and warm up.

Forward and Backward rolling breakfalls.

Basic Aikido movements and exercises.

An introduction to Aikido techniques with lots of explanation and assistance.

To keep things interesting and enjoyable, every class focuses on a different aspect of aikido, but will usually cover some of the following:

Warm up and starting Rei

Breakfalls (How to fall in a safe way)

Tai Sabaki (Basic movement)

Balance taking

The use of distance and space

Defences from different strikes and holds

For more advanced students:

Dealing with multiple opponents

Defence from armed opponents

How much does it cost?

Aikido is probably the least expensive of all the martial arts and we won’t be needing your bank details either!

We are a non profit making club and charge £7 per session to help cover the cost of hiring our hall. 

The only other charge is for joining the Kai Shin Kai Aikido Association but you don’t have to commit to that until you have trained for a few weeks and are sure aikido is for you.  The current cost of membership to Kai Shin Kai is £25 per year.

I still have a couple of questions.

Please visit our FAQ section, this contains answers to all the commonly asked questions related to the club and training.

Please feel free to just come along and visit us. Whether you join in or just watch, you'll be welcome and we feel confident that you'll have an enjoyable time at our friendly club.


beginners and new starters guide - what to expect

Come and  Join our North London Martial Arts Class!!

We teach Aikido to Adults on Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm at

John Keble Church Hall

Church Close

Off Deans Lane

Mill Hill