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Aikido: The martial art for
White Oak Reading Aikido
Aikido Foundations Course
£60 (£50 unwaged).
a free taster
N.B. You must be over 18 to
people are friendly and helpful.'
'Practice is offered within a
very positive and encouraging
'It's about developing your own skills
in a safe environment.'
'I tried a few martial arts and found
'It's fun and challenging.'
'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.'
instructor group are united,
consistent and their dedication to
teaching is inspiring, all the way to
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Aikido training resumes.
Welcome to Aikido in Reading,
Berkshire, at the White Oak Dojo in Caversham.
We've been offering training in Japanese martial
arts 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 the Caversham Heights
Methodist Church Hall in Caversham
to the north of Reading. Just get
in touch to give Aikido a go!
along and try Aikido for yourself - it's
We're a friendly martial arts
club, 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
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 is open
to anyone over the age of 18 and we have
no upper age limit. Find out more about starting
your martial arts training in
Who will be teaching me?
Our team of
highly skilled and qualified male and female instructors
have over 90 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
What is Aikido?
Aikido is 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 move 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.
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. Obviously, 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
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.
Aikido 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
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.
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.
Oak Aikido Reading - Lineage and Affiliation
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 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 some 27 years and all our
instructors are recognised as coaches
by the British Aikido Board, the national
governing body for Aikido in the UK, and along with
Officer, Alirio A. Moreno Medina 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
a look at our vision here.
more about getting involved in the martial art
of Aikido in Reading:
for Beginners at White Oak Aikido
Reading - some more
details about the Aikido clubs and what to expect
if you come along.
Training Times and venues for
the Aikido clubs at Reading YMCA and Caversham
Heights Methodist Church Hall.
White Oak Aikido Reading.
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
Martial arts training at our Aikido dojos in
west Reading and Caversham.
Beginners are always welcome to come along and
watch a training session or to join in for a
free taster session - 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.