self defence; where strength and size doesn’t matter.’
The 6 week introductory courses are run regualrly at the
Cambridge Aikido club located at the Hills Road Sports &
If you have ever wondered about studying a martial art but
have never tried, or have been concerned about being a beginner
training with experienced students, this is the ideal opportunity
This specially designed 6 week course offers an overview
of all aspects of Iwama Aikido.
Aikido is not only a self-defence martial art, it includes
positive character-building ideals which a person can incorporate
into his or her own life.
Over the 6 weeks you will learn what Aikido is, and how it
differs from other martial arts that you may know. Experienced
teachers will guide you through basic body movements, body
pins and throws, which are unique to Aikido. The teachers
will also show you how to fall /roll properly, so that you
feel able to practice with confidence and learn to take care
of your body.
Some classes will introduce you to the Bokken (wooden training
sword) and Jo (wooden) staff. Both weapons are widely used
in Aikido around the world. You will learn basic movements
with both weapons and begin to develop partner practices.
The structured course introduces new techniques in each session,
and then builds upon these techniques in subsequent lessons.
This course is open men and women over the age of 18.
If you are interested in learned a traditional Japanese martial
art then please get in touch.
When and Where?
The course will take place at:
Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre, Purbeck Road (off Hills
Road), Cambridge, CB2 8PF.
The sessions will run from 7:30– 9:00pm on Monday evenings,
concurrent with our existing Monday class. This will enable
you to observe more experienced students, and become aware
of more advanced techniques and falls. It will also give you
the opportunity to get to know other club members.
This 6 week course costs £60 and includes 12 months
membership and insurance (normally £30). Insurance is
compulsory and provided by the British Aikido Board the UK
governing body for Aikido.
If you wish to continue training, regular sessions are available
twice a week, and are £7 each. Discounts available for
those paying monthly. The Insurance/membership is an annual
What do you need to wear?
Loose clothing is advised. Beginners usually practice
in tracksuit trousers and t-shirt. If you wish you can purchase
a proper training uniform. A judo gi would be ideal and costs
around £25. You might also like to bring a bottle of
water with you.
John Longford. Tel: 01223 529899 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By cheque for £60.00 payable to 'W J Longford' (and
posted to 30 Stourbridge Grove, Cambridge, CB1 3JA), or payable
at the first lesson.
Membership application form download: PDF
version | Word
Additional information you may find useful.....
Proper observance of etiquette is as much a part of your
training as is learning aikido techniques. Most of the following
is common sense but please take a moment to read these guidelines:
- When entering or leaving the dojo, it is proper to bow
in the direction of O Sensei's picture, the kamiza, or the
front of the dojo. You should also bow when entering or
leaving the mat.
- Be on time for class. If you do happen to arrive late,
kneel on the edge of the mat until the instructor grants
you permission to join in the practice.
- If you should have to leave the mat or dojo for any reason
during class, approach the instructor and ask permission.
- Remove watches, rings and other jewellery before practice.
- Practice on the mat is barefoot so never walk on the mat
with shoes. Always wear footwear to and from the mat (flipflops
- Keep your training uniform clean, in good shape, and free
of offensive odours.
- Hygiene care – particularly keep hands and feet
clean and your finger and toe nails cut short.
- Please keep talking during class to a minimum. Any conversations
should be restricted to one topic - Aikido.
- Carry out the directives of the instructor PROMPTLY. Do
not keep the rest of the class waiting for you!
- Remember that you are here to learn, and not to gratify
your ego. An attitude of receptivity and humility (though
not obsequiousness) is therefore advised.
- Preserve commonsense standards of decency and respect
at all times.
Useful Japanese vocabulary
At beginning the class
Onegaishimasu [On – ay– guy – shee –
mass]: Please, usually as in please lets practice.
When practicing with a partner
At the start:
Onegaishimasu: Please, usually as in please lets practice
At the end:
Domo arigato gozaimashita [Dom – oh – aree gat
– o goz-eye– mash– ta]:
Thank you very much for something that has happened
End of the Class
Sensei ni Rei: Bow to Sensei
Domo arigato gozaimashta Sensei: Thank you (teacher) very
much for the practice
Further Japanese vocabulary
Commands in the Dojo:
Domo arigato gozaimashita: Thank you very much (for something
Onegaishimasu: Please, usually as in please lets practice
Atemi: Strike to a vital point
Tsuki: A punch to the abdominal region
Menuchi: Strike to head
Shomen uchi: Overhead strike to the head.
Yokomen uchi: Diagonal strike to the side of the head.
Gyakuhanmi katatedori: Mirror wrist grip, opposite hands
(i.e. left to right)
Ai hanmi katatedori: Same wrist grip (i.e. right to right)
Katate dori: One hand holding one wrist.
Katate ryotedori: Two hands holding two wrists.
Mune dori: One or two hand lapel hold.
Hiji dori: Elbow grab
Kata dori: Shoulder grab
Ushiro eridori: Neck grab from the back (usually the collar)
Ushiro ryokata dori: Shoulder grab from the back
Ushiro ryotedori: One hand holding one hand from the back.
Ushiro ryohijidori: Elbow grab from behind
Ushiro katatejime: Rear choke hold.
Hanmi: Triangular stance or half forward stance.
Seiza: Kneeling toes flat
Ukemi : rolls or "receiving with the body"
Suwari waza: Techniques executed when both kneeling.
Tachi waza: Standing techniques.
Ushiro: Rearward, behind
Happo: The eight sides; in all directions
Aikido: The way of harmony of the spiriti
Budo: Martial way
Dojo: Training hall or "Place of the Way "
Uchi deshi: A student who lives in the dojo
Uke: Receiver of the technique (attacker)
Nage: Doer of the technique (defender)
Bokken: Wooden sword
Jo: Short staff (~130 cm length)
Maai: Combat engagement distance
Shikko: On one's knees
Taisabaki: Body motion
Taijutsu: Body art
Tainohenko: Reversing the body's position
Zanshin: The connection that remains with one’s partner,
a balanced and aware state or "unbroken spirit"