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White Oak Aikido Reading Berkshire
offering classes in the Japanese martial art of Aikido since 1991

...the way of the warrior   ...the way of harmony

YMCA, Parkside Road, Reading, Berkshire RG30 2DD
Reading University London Road Campus, 4 Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX

Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall, 74 Highmoor Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire RG4 7BG


 
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 Eight-week rolling
Aikido Foundations Course
only £60 (£50 unwaged).

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Aikido in Caversham, Reading
Tuesdays 20:00-21:30

  Aikido in West Reading at the YMCA
Thursdays 19.30-21.30
Sundays 16.30-18.30

Train once, twice or three times a week.

 
For more information
contactus@whiteoak-aikido.org  or phone:01189701781
N.B. You must be over 18 to train.

Member Comments
 'The people are friendly and helpful.'
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'Practice is offered within a very positive and encouraging environment.'

'It's about developing your own skills in a safe environment.'


'I tried a few martial arts and found Aikido intriguing.'


'It's fun and challenging.'
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'Apart from learning aikido, the training also allowed me to meet great people and make friends.’

‘The physical and mental discipline of Aikido is powerful and something I'd like to fully develop as my life matures.'

'The instructor group are united, consistent and their dedication to teaching is inspiring, all the way to contagious.'

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What we love about Aikido - our Aikido Reading list of favourite words in a word cloud:

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Aikido in Reading and Caversham - Martial Arts Training in Reading Berkshire

Come and try this fun and exciting martial art for free with no commitment

Qi Gong Happy Christmas HollyMerry Christmas and Happy New Year
Caversham:
Last class will be on 19 December; first class of 2018 will be on 2 January.
Reading YMCA:
Last class will be on 21 December; first class of 2018 will be on 4 January.

The martial art for self-development and self-defence

Welcome Aikidoto Aikido in Reading, Berkshire, at the White Oak Dojo, where we've been offering high quality martial arts training in Reading and the surrounding area since 1991. We run courses in the basics of Aikido to provide beginners (aged 18+) with a structured introduction to this exciting martial art at Reading YMCA and at the Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall in Caversham to the north of Reading.

Come along and try Aikido for yourself

You're always welcome to come and watch one of our Aikido classes and talk to us before your first actual training session, which is free, so you have a good opportunity to see if you'll enjoy Aikido, whether it's the martial art for you and whether you like the classes before committing to anything. You can also come to any of our training sessions for a free taster Aikido class. Martial arts training at White Oak Aikido is open to anyone over the age of 18 and we have no upper age limit.

Experienced Aikido practitioners can also join or visit us, but please contact us in advance. We also run classes at Reading University Aikido Club, probably the longest running martial arts club at the University of Reading, which operates during term times, offering Aikido training for Reading University students and staff only.

Who will be teaching me?

Our team of highly skilled and qualified male and female instructors have over 85 years' experience of training in and teaching Aikido. That means you can be sure that your martial arts training will be of the highest calibre. Please read on to discover more about what is Aikido, the benefits of Aikido and our Aikido lineage and affiliation.

What is Aikido?

Aikido Aikido throwis a fascinating and engrossing, traditional Japanese martial art, a way of self-defence, that uses an attacker's strength, momentum and aggression against themselves in order to resolve a conflict. Historically, the techniques of Aikido originate from the throws, joint locks, sword and staff techniques of the samurai warrior. Aikido training will help you to optimise how you move your body to maximise your efficiency and power, developing a deep kinaesthetic understanding of how your body works and how this power can be used most effectively.

Aikido is a martial art that doesn't rely on you being stronger, fitter or faster than
a
n attacker, so it can become a lifelong study. You'll find that Aikido is a very flexible martial art, where you learn to use a level of response appropriate to the situation. Emphasis in your Aikido training is placed on evading, absorbing and redirecting an attack, rather than trying to block an attack by a potentially stronger person. Aikido classes will teach you the importance of achieving mental calm and control of your own body in order to deal with an opponent's attack effectively and, whenever possible, without causing unnecessary harm. At one extreme, a form of Aikido is used by the Tokyo riot police, but unlike some other martial arts, the ultimate aim of modern Aikido is to control, rather than to maim or kill an opponent. Check out our tips on finding the best martial art for you. 

Benefits of Aikido

Aikido trainingAikido is a dynamic, expansive martial art, in which you'll develop fitness, suppleness, good posture and co-ordination. Your self confidence will also increase as you train in Aikido and, as your co-ordination and balance improve, you'll work on being more present in your body and on occupying your personal space. Aikido training helps you to identify your boundaries and gives you the skills to defend them. As you train in Aikido and gain confidence in your skills, you'll be able to move away from adrenaline fuelled 'flight or fight' reactions and instead choose to respond in the manner most appropriate to the situation. The same Aikido approach can be extended to non-physical conflict resolution.

Modern living tends to make us wary of physical contact. Aikido training will help you to work in close contact with another person in scenarios where physical contact is at its most threatening.   Aikido classes offer you the opportunity to express yourself freely through movement. The absence of physical and mental tension and resistance, which we emphasise in our Aikido classes, can help you to release any ingrained constraints in your body and your movement, that could give rise to frustrations, energy blockages and illnesses. Aikido can help you to face any fear of confrontation you may have and to learn a new way of resolving conflict. Training in Aikido will develop your physical relaxation, mental calmness and awareness, so you can respond freely to what occurs. Regular training in Aikido helps you to become centred and grounded and, therefore, better able to deal with the stresses of daily life.

White Oak Aikido Reading - Lineage and Affiliation

Haydn Foster Sensei teaching Aikido White Oak Aikido in Reading was founded in 1991, based at the YMCA, Parkside Road, Reading Berkshire, and carries on an Aikido tradition in Reading which was first established in 1969 at our sister Aikido club at Reading University, under the auspices of Haydn Foster Sensei (7th Dan), one of the great pioneers of Aikido in the UK in the 1950s. Our senior instructor was a direct student of Haydn Foster Sensei for many years and all our instructors are recognised as coaches by the British Aikido Board, the national governing body for Aikido in the UK. We teach a traditional style of Aikido incorporating empty-handed techniques, the bokken and the jo - take a look at our vision here

 

Find out more about getting involved in the martial art of Aikido in Reading:
Info for Beginners at White Oak Aikido and at Reading University - some more details about the Aikido clubs and what to expect if you come along.
Aikido Training Times and venues for the Aikido clubs at Reading YMCA, Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall and at Reading University.
Joining White Oak Aikido or Reading University Aikido Club.
or please Contact us if you have any questions about Aikido classes in Reading.
...and here's some pages about the past - Aikido in the old days

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