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Gen Sen Jyuku

Aikido Sports Club

A Short Video On What Training Normally Looks Like:

What is Aikido?

  • Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, known as O-Sensei meaning “great teacher”. Aikido is a synthesis of O-Sensei's martial studies, philosophy and religious beliefs. The art uses throws, locks and pins as its principal movements.  Translated as “the way of harmonious spirit” the primary goal for the practice of aikido is to overcome oneself instead of cultivating violence or aggressiveness

Aikido: "the way of harmonious spirit"

  • Ai, meaning “joining” or “harmonising”
  • Ki, meaning “breath”, or “energy”
  • Do, meaning “way” or “path”


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 has taught students at Warwick University for 20 years.
  • He studied and travelled with the eminent T.K Chiba Sensei and had 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.
  • We are also taught by Tim Sullivan, 3rd Dan and Pierre Alexis-Mouthuy, 2nd Dan

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: Combat Room, Sports and Wellness Hub,  Cryfield Village, University of Warwick,  Coventry, CV4 7EU

When? Three times a week.

  • Monday: 09:00-11.00
  • Wednesday: 20:00 - 22.00
  • Friday: 14:00 - 16.00

Club Memberships: 

The purchase of club memberships can be bought termly or yearly, and are as follow:

Termly fee: £60

Yearly fee (with a free gi + £30 discount): £150

For new members, our classes are free for the first two weeks of term 1.


  • 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 and Athens. This year, there will be a tour to a city in Europe in the Spring break. As no international tour has been possible in the last few years, in Spring 2022 we held a three-day intensive seminar in a dojo in Burton-on-Trent.
  • To build our trust with one another, we have a regular social after our training sessions 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!
  • Outside of the club, various members have travelled to international Aikido seminars together, such as in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Athens, Greece.


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.
  • To practice 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, and there is a responsibility to be aware and to keep others safe when practicing. 

If you have any questions, do feel free to contact us via our Facebook and email.  For further information, visit our website. 

Don't forget to follow us on

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gensenjyuku/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warwickaikido/

Website:  https://warwickaikido.com/

We hope to see you on the mats! :)


Covid-19 Training Precautions:

Disclaimer: COVID procedures are no longer mandatory, though we still encourage precautionary practices to allow safe training.

Please see our website for more details: https://warwickaikido.com/covid-19/

Pre-session sign-up required: Members will need to sign-up in advance for each session via a SU system: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/sport/login

For university regulations and guidelines please kindly refer to the COVID-19 Updates and COVID-19 FAQs from the SU and Warwick Sports. 

Exec Membership

Aikido - President

Aikido - Vice President

Aikido - Treasurer

Aikido - Marketing Officer

Aikido - Secretary

Aikido - Social Secretary

Aikido - Welfare Officer


Join This Club

This is an On Campus club. You’ll need a Warwick Sport Club Pass as well as a Sports Federation membership.

This is an Off Campus club. You’ll need a Warwick Sport Club Pass as well as a Sports Federation membership. Find out more about joining clubs here.

Current students should purchase the Aikido Standard Membership below.


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Club Pass Membership Fee (ON CAMPUS)

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Club Pass Membership Fee (OFF CAMPUS)

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