Covid-19 Training Outlook:
Disclaimer: All these are subject to changes to the government rules and university regulations.
-Sessions will be carried out under guidelines and regulations of the National Governing Body and the University.
-Pre-session sign-up required: Members will need to sign-up in advance for each session via a SU system which should be released shortly.
-Wearing of Masks.
-Social distancing maintained.
-Greater focus on weapon training.
-Class size limited to 15 people with indoor practice.
-Possible outdoor trainings with a larger limit of group size than 6 people.
For university regulations and guidelines please kindly refer to the COVID-19 Updates and COVID-19 FAQs from the SU and Warwick Sports.
Aikido: "the way of harmonious spirit"
- ai – joining, unifying, combining, fitting, harmony
- ki – spirit, energy, 'qi'
- do – way, path
What is Aikido?
- Aikido is a martial art and a philosophy that originates from Japan and the founder O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). The philosophy of Aikido is to harmonise with your opponent to neutralise attacks without injury, and it is non-competitive.
O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba
Who teaches us?
- Our dojo is lead by Chris Mooney 7th Dan Shihan; a world-renowned teacher with over 40 years of experience in Aikido.
- He studied and travelled with the eminent T.K Chiba Sensei and has one of the only full-time dojos in the UK.
- Mooney Sensei sits on the Teaching Council of the British Birankai (British Aikikai), overseeing the work of the Teaching Committee and the cultivation of the next generation of Aikido teachers.
- Mooney Sensei is the technical director of Birankai in Germany, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
What do we learn?
- Its techniques include pins, controls and throws, which use the attackers' strength and weight against them. Using rotational motions, Aikido neutralises the aggressors' force and includes empty hand, bokken (sword), jo (wooden staff), and tanto (knife) defences.
Where and when we do practice?
Where? In the Combat Rooms in Sports and Wellness Hub at the University of Warwick.
Address: University of Warwick Cryfield Village, Leighfield Rd, Coventry CV4 7EU
When? Thrice a week.
Disclaimer: This timetable is subject to changes to the government rules and university regulations.
- Monday: 09:00-10:50 (Free practice)
- Wednesday: 20:00 - 21:50
- Friday: 16:00 - 17:50 (Temporary)
In accordance with the new sign-up system, the purchase of this terms club memberships will be by SESSIONS, and are as follow:
Purchase by 5 sessions: £30
Purchase by 10 sessions (with a free gi): £40
Purchase by 15 sessions (with a free gi): £55
Your safety when practising :
- Our practice of techniques is conducted on a matted area using judo mats.
- We wear white gi with a white belt, but newcomers are welcome in sportswear
- Martial arts is to trust another with your health and safety and to have others trust you, it is about having respect for those around you.
- We have a number of seminars throughout the year with an annual trip to a dojo in another country. Our previous trips have been to Berlin, Athens and, if it were not for the pandemic, Germany and Strasbourg, France in 2020!
- To build our trust with one another, we have a social after our training session to grab a meal or a drink. We often meet up with each other in our spare time to play badminton, football, squash, sing karaoke and watch movies!
- During lockdown, we have also been exploring different ways to stay close online, such as Jackbox, Murder Mystery Nights, Spyfall, Cards Against Humanities etc.
If you have any questions, do feel free to contact us via our Facebook and email. For further information, visit our website.
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We hope to see you on the mats! :)