About Aikido Spirit

Aikido Spirit  started in June 2010 in Reigate with just three students of which two still remain members and train with us today. Darren Bond opened the Chessington club in 2013 and we have forty two regular students from all ages and walks of life, all levels of fitness and from different arts which brings a lot of experience to our training.

As the club is open minded and non political we are continuing to grow from year to year.

We have five BAB trained Instructors so we can offer a wide range of Aikido training across all classes from all instructors.

We look forward to welcoming you to our classes and seeing you progress in this truly amazing art.

What is Aikido

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy and religious beliefs. Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attackers from injury. Aikido is often translated as "the way of unifying (with) life energy or as the way of harmonious spirit. According to the founder's philosophy, the primary goal in the practice of Aikido is to overcome oneself instead of cultivating violence or aggressiveness. Morihei Ueshiba used the phrase "masakatsu agatsu katsuhayabi ("true victory, final victory over oneself, here and now") to refer to this principle.

Aikido's fundamental principles include: irimi (entering), atemi, kokyu-ho (breathing control), sankaku-ho and tenkan (turning) movements that redirect the opponent's attack momentum. Its curriculum comprises various techniques, primarily throws and joint locks.

It also includes a weapons system encompassing the bokken, tantō and jō.

Aikido derives mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, but began to diverge from it in the late 1920s, partly due to Ueshiba's involvement with the Ōmoto-kyō religion. Ueshiba's early students' documents bear the term aiki-jūjutsu.

Ueshiba's senior students have different approaches to aikido, depending partly on when they studied with him. Today, aikido is found all over the world in a number of styles, with broad ranges of interpretation and emphasis. However, they all share techniques formulated by Ueshiba and most have concern for the well-being of the attacker.