Reading Berkshire
                                              & Knighton Powys
                                              Aikido LogoWhite Oak Aikido

Aikido in Reading Berkshire

Aikido on Powys, Shropshire, Herefordshire Borders

offering classes in the Japanese martial art of Aikido since 1991

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



Find out more about Aikido & Qigong:

Aikido in Knighton Powys at our Whitton dojo

Mondays 19:00-21:00
Ongoing Classes
Beginners Welcome

Aikido in Reading Berkshire at our Caversham dojo

Tuesdays 20:00-22:00
Ongoing Classes
Beginners Welcome

Qigong in Ludlow Shropshire

One-day Seminar for Beginners
Saturday 17 February


Qigong in Craven Arms Shropshire
Wednesdays 10:00-11:00
Ongoing Classes
Beginners Welcome


Contact Reading Aikido:

Email Reading Aikido

Phone Reading Aikido
07743 301199


Contact Whitton Aikido:

Email Whitton Aikido

Phone Whitton Aikido


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    Member Comments

 'The people are friendly and helpful.'
Martial Arts in Berkshire
                                      & Powys - 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 at Reading
                                      and Whitton

'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 in Reading &

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

Aikido Reading List
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Reading Aikido Caversham - Martial Arts in Reading Berkshire AND Whitton Aikido Knighton - Martial arts on the Powys, Shropshire, Herefordshire Borders

Come along and try Aikido for yourself at a free taster session

                          arts in Reading & Knighton - Aikido
                          techniqueFind out more about starting Aikido in Reading Berkshire or Whitton Knighton Powys by phoning us or emailing us                                                  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

White Oak Aikido is a small group of friendly martial arts clubs, where you're always welcome to come and watch one of our Aikido classes and talk to
us before you start training. What's more, your first training session is free, so you can have a go and see if you'll enjoy Aikido, whether it's the martial art for you and whether you like the classes before committing to anything. Martial arts training at White Oak Aikido in Reading and Whitton is open to anyone over the age of 18.

What is Aikido?

Aikido Martial arts
                          in Whitton: Aikido techniqueis a fascinating and engrossing, traditional Japanese martial art, a way of self-defence, that makes use of an attacker's strength, momentum and aggression. Historically, the techniques of Aikido originate from the throws, joint locks, sword and staff techniques of the samurai warrior. Aikido training will also help you to optimise how you use your body to maximise your efficiency and power, developing a deep 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 an attacker, so it can become a lifelong study. Of course, younger people will tend to be more active and train harder and more physically, whilst older people will tend to train more slowly - either way, our aim will be to challenge you and push your boundaries. You'll find that Aikido is a very flexible martial art, where you'll learn to use a level of response that's appropriate to you and to the situation.

Emphasis in your Aikido training is placed on absorbing and redirecting the force of an attack, rather than trying to physically 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. 

What are the benefits of Aikido?

Martial arts
                          in Reading - Learning AikidoAikido 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 personal 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. As well as developing your own body, 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. 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 - Our Lineage and Affiliation

                          Foster Sensei teaching Aikido White Oak Aikido in Reading Berkshire was founded in 1991, based at the YMCA Reading  and now at Caversham Heights Methodist Church Hall. We carry on an Aikido tradition in Reading which was first established in 1969 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.  In 2023, we established our dojo in Whitton near Knighton, Powys, close to the borders of Shropshire and Herefordshire.

Our senior instructor was a direct student of Haydn Foster Sensei for some 27 years. All our instructors are recognised as coaches by the British Aikido Board, the national governing body for Aikido in the UK. Along with our COVID-19 Officers, Alirio A. Moreno Medina in Reading Berkshire and Trish Matthews in Whitton Powys, all instructors have successfully completed the Sport England and CIMSPA funded ReActivate COVID-19 Awareness Award, as recommended by the BAB. We teach a traditional style of Aikido incorporating empty-handed techniques, the bokken and the jo - take a look at our vision here.

Watch our Aikido video here!
Not what you'll be doing when you start, but sometimes our more senior grades like to show off a bit!

Coming Soon!!! Aikido in the Newtown area

In addition to our classes just outside Knighton at Whitton Aikido, Summer 2024 will see the start of new Aikido classes in the Newtown, Sarn, Kerry, Dolfor area of Powys Wales. Register your interest to be kept in touch as our plans develop.

Find out more about getting involved in the martial art of Aikido in Whitton and Reading:
Info for Beginners - some more details about Aikido and what to expect if you come along to either our Reading Berkshire or Whitton Powys dojos.
Or please Contact us if you have any questions about Aikido classes in Reading or Whitton.

...and here's some pages about the past - Aikido in the old days

Weekly Chi Gung / Qigong classes in Craven Arms Shropshire

Martial arts training at our Aikido dojo in Caversham. Beginners are always welcome to come along and watch a training session or to join in for a free taster session - please book to come and give Aikido a go! 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.

Martial arts training at Whitton Aikido Knighton Wales. We're on the Welsh / English border, so if you're looking for Aikido in Shropshire, Aikido in Herefordshire or Aikido in Powys, we're in the corner of Powys, right on the border with Shropshire and Herefordshire, making Aikido easy to get to from Leominster, Craven Arms, Kington, Presteigne, Wigmore, Leintwardine, Bucknell, Shobdon, Pembridge, Kingsland, Aymestrey, Clun, Llandrindod Wells, Evenjobb, Letton, Ludlow, Staunton on Arrow and all the surrounding towns and villages.

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