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White Oak Aikido - Reading, Berkshire
offering classes in traditional 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


Beginners' Aikido Training Options

Choose Caversham or West Reading.

Start your martial arts training whenever you want to!

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

Come along and try a free taster session
Email Aikido in Reading for more information
If you're sure Aikido is the right martial art for you register and pay online today.

Caversham, Reading
Tuesdays 20:00-21:30

  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  or phone:01189701781
N.B. You must be over 18 to train.

Member Comments
 'The people are friendly and helpful.'

Teaching Aikido
'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.'
Teaching Aikido

'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.'

Aikido training

Aikido in Reading - Martial Arts Training in Berkshire

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

at the YMCA to the West of Reading
and at the Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall in Caversham - North Reading.

For self-development and self-defence.

  Aikido might just change your life!

Watch the White Oak Aikido video  

e Aikidoto Aikido in Reading, Berkshire, UK at the White Oak Dojo, where we've been offering high quality martial arts training in the Reading 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 the YMCA to the west of Reading and at the Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall in Caversham to the north of Reading. We have a team of highly skilled and qualified male and female teachers with over 85 years' experience in Aikido, so you can be sure that your training will be of the highest calibre.

You're always welcome to come and watch one of our Aikido sessions 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 club before committing to anything. You can also come to any of our training sessions for a free taster Aikido class. Training 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 an Aikido club at Reading University, 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.

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 optimises the body's movement to maximise its efficiency and power, developing a deep kinaesthetic understanding of how the body works and how this power can be used most effectively.

Aikido is a martial art that does not rely on the practitioner being stronger, fitter or faster than
n attacker, so it can become a lifelong study. Aikido is a very flexible martial art, where the practitioner learns to use a level of response appropriate to the situation. Emphasis in Aikido training is placed on evading, absorbing and redirecting an attack, rather than blocking or parrying. Aikido teaches the importance of achieving mental calm and control of one's own body in order to deal with an opponent's attack 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 martial art in which fitness, suppleness, good posture and co-ordination are all developed through practice. Self confidence grows as we train in Aikido and, as co-ordination and balance improve, we reconnect to being present in our bodies and to occupying our personal space. Aikido teaches us to identify our boundaries and gives us the skills to defend them. As we gain confidence in our Aikido abilities, we can move away from adrenaline fuelled 'flight or fight' reactions and instead choose to respond in a manner appropriate to the situation. The same Aikido approach can be extended to non-physical conflicts and confrontations.

Modern living tends to make us wary of physical contact. Aikido teaches us to work in close contact with another person in scenarios where physical contact is at its most threatening.  Aikido is a dynamic, expansive martial art. Aikido gives us the opportunity to express ourselves freely through movement. The absence of tension and resistance helps to release the ingrained constraints on our bodies and our movement, that give rise to frustrations, energy blockages and illnesses. Aikido teaches us to face our fears of confrontation and to learn a new way of resolving conflict. Aikido develops physical relaxation, mental calmness and awareness in order to be able to respond freely to what occurs. Regular training in Aikido helps practitioners to become centred and grounded and, therefore, better able to deal with the stresses of daily life.

Lineage and Affiliation

Haydn Foster Sensei teaching Aikido White Oak Aikido 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


To 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 or either of the Aikido clubs.
...and here's some pages about the past - Aikido in the old days

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Things to do in Basingstoke, Caversham and Reading.

Martial arts training at our Aikido dojos in west Reading and Caversham, easily accessible from Emmer Green, Burghfield, Calcot, Coley, Katesgrove, Southcote, Theale, Tilehurst, Fords Farm, Holy Brook, Norcot, Newtown, Lower Earley, Kennet Island, Green Park Village, Whitley Wood, Woodley, Pangbourne, Purley on Thames and Thatcham.


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