Aikido is an empty-hand, weapons-derived martial-art that emphasises harmonising with the movement of an attacker to take their balance and control their action. The name itself roughly translates to The Way of Harmonising Energy.
It's more than just self-defence. We train to to exhaust aggression; to cultivate mind and body with the idea of diffusing violence when it confronts or tempts us.
Aikido is not easy. Progression takes time and patience, even for those with natural ability. But it's fascinating, enjoyable, and accessible to anyone.
It also an opportunity to travel. We train at home and abroad. Meeting new people in new places is all part of the experience.
Beginners are welcome! Our classes cater to all levels and your first one is FREE.
We train weekday evenings and host weekend seminars throughout the year.
|Monday, Wednesday, Thursday||Friday|
8:30pm to 10pm
8pm to 10pm
Location: Chris Kent's Kicks
185 Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3LD
Phil began practicing Aikido at Sussex University in 1998; a time when the club was already affiliated to Tissier Shihan through Pascal Durchon — a long-term student and teacher in his own right. After being drawn in by the enjoyment of practice, he committed to regular training in the UK, Europe and Japan. Heavily influenced by Tissier, but with a keen interest in Seishiro Endo [Wiki], Phil is now the Technical Director of Brighton Aikikai, and ensures our demanding standards are maintained in accordance with the Aikikai Syllabus.
Amyas joined the Brighton Aikikai in 2005. He adhered to Phil’s teaching straight away, and began following other teachers abroad for more varied and higher level practice, most notably Marc Bachraty, Philippe Gouttard, and of course Christian Tissier. Amyas has been a regular teacher at the club since 2010.
Conan was introduced to Aikido and Brighton Aikikai in 2007. Fascinated, he attended nearly all classes on offer, and soon started taking part in local and overseas seminars. Conan owes much of his development not only to fellow teachers and students of Brighton, but to Jeff Balmer and Frank Slama, who formerly ran a club in Crawley.
The BAB is the only Aikido representative in the U.K. that is recognised by the Government's Sports Council. As a member you can train in any other BAB certified dojo with the confidence that you are, at the very least, insured to practice.
However, while it does promote quality Aikido, it is not within the remit of the BAB to curate every style for its authenticity or practicality, nor to actively regulate the teaching methods of any particular club.
Aikido is an expressive martial art, and there are as many ways to teach it as there are people who study it. The BAB understands this, so it focuses on the broader aspects of adminstration, insurance, and encouraging good coaching principles.
It is an important part of Aikido in the U.K., but belonging to the BAB is only part of the story.
With myriad styles to choose from but no absolute arbiter of quality, to whose standard should you hold your chosen club to? The only sensible answer is; your own.
Of course, if you are a beginner it is difficult to know if what you are studying is right for you. It is an unfortunate fact that many people train for years before realising another style might suit them better.
So be inquisitive, ask questions, and make your own judgements about the quality of teaching you are receiving.
The least we can say is no club should hold its students honour-bound. We offer our studies to anyone wishing to learn and appreciate that people come and go. But while you choose to train with us we hope you find the experience as enjoyable and fulfilling as we do.
First class? It's on the house! Just turn up in loose-fitting clothes; don't spend any money on kit until you know what you're getting in to!
|£10 per class|
|First class is free; 10 more for £60|
|Pay monthly offer|
|£55 a month|
|Pay yearly offer|
|£500 a year|
Bank details for SO available on request.
If you decide you like Aikido there are many places you can buy equipment from.
For ourselves, we have shopped with Nine Circles many times without disappointment, so we've included a few links to their products here with approximate prices.
Please let us know if you plan on buying anything. Bulk-orders help to save on shipping costs!
Here's a visual reminder for those who have been practicing for a few classes. It's the most basic attack we start from; Katate dori, a one-handed grab of the defenders wrist:
|Ai hanmi Katate dori|
|for Ikkyo, Irimi nage, etc.|
|Ai hanmi Katate dori, second form|
|for Shiho nage, Kote gaeshi, etc.|
|Gyaku hanmi Katate dori|
|for Shiho nage, Tenchi nage, etc.|
Once we start getting familiar with the forms and shapes of Aikido, we can start to develop a deeper understanding of what we're doing through the study of its principles.
We have a page of videos of the basic ones as taught by Christian Tissier:
Pictures and videos can be useful study tools, but they're nothing without the real experience. We hope to see you in the dojo!
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