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Roy Sheppard John Bell Mary Iddols Gary Perrin Leslie White - Club Patron Bill McGovern - Club Founder Chris Roworth Guest Instructor - Jeremy Williams Kurai Aikido Secretary - Keith Holland Other Instructors
2010 Courses List & Dates Click on each course for more details Feb 28th Traditional Aikido Ryu Open Course Apr 17th - 18th Meeting of Minds Open Course 2nd May Joint Kurai Aikido/Wado Kai Karate June 18th - 20th Aikikai Course with Doshu, Waka Sensei & Other Honbu Sensei July 3rd - 4th & 5th Cinque Ports Open Course Aug 7th Koshinkan Open Course Sept 4th UK Shinwakai Association Open Course Oct 9th British Aikido Board National Course Oct 30th Kurai Aikido Open Course
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British Aikido Board UK Shinwakai Aikido Koshinkan Aikido Traditional Aikido Ryu Wado Karate Union Martial Arts Medicine Institute
Photos from EYJ Kurai-Wado-Gallery Kurai Open 2004 BAB 2004 Cinque Ports 2005 Kurai Open 2005 Carol Heap Memorial Course 2008 Meeting of Minds Course 2008 Shinwakai 2008 Cinque Ports 2008 Kurai Open 2008 TAR Open 2009 Meeting of Minds Course 2009 Shinwakai 2009 Cinque Ports 2009 Koshinkan 2009 BAB National Course 2009
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About Aikido

There are numerous websites giving detailed information on the history and practice of aikido (e.g. see FAQ) so this section restricts itself to a brief overview.

Aikido is a Japanese martial art, founded in 1942 by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) and was based on his study of many of the ancient martial arts, including sword techniques, some of which go back to the 11th century.

Whilst still retaining its own grading syllabus, Kurai enjoys regular visits from other senior Aikido Sensei who complement the experience of its 15 dan grades. These include Sensei Jack Poole 7th dan, Sensei Leslei White 6th dan and Sensei Jeremy Williams 5th dan Shorinji Kempo (Japan).

Skilled practitioners learn to blend into an attacker’s motion to either dissipate the energy of the attack or re-direct the attacker’s aggression against themselves.

Whilst Aikido is not competitive, ample opportunity is given to experience positive attacks and develop techniques and movement from single or multiple attacks. Unlike many of the kicking and punching arts Aikido does not depend of following a set form of techniques to deal with an attacker. As the Aikido student progresses the movements become instinctive and students learn to move from one technique to another to respond to the changing circumstances of an attack.

So whether you want to learn a martial art that doesn’t use strength; expand your mental alertness and self confidence or improve your level of fitness - Aikido could be the "way" for you.