Training in Poole, Dorset. UK
Picture from our annual seminar with Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros October 2018
Wellsprings Aikido trains a Traditional form of Aikido that was passed on from O-Sensei to the late Morihiro Saito Sensei. Morihiro Saito Sensei, 9th Dan, studied Aikido with the Founder in Iwama from 1946 until O-Sensei's death in 1969. This was significantly longer than any other aikidoka. After the death of O-Sensei Saito Sensei became guardian of the Aiki Shrine and Chief Instructor of the Iwama Dojo. Saito Sensei saw it as his responsibility to faithfully transmit the art of the Founder. To do this he organised and classified the hundreds of techniques and devised methods and practices to aid the learning process.
Our club is also affiliated on a national and international level to Traditional Aikido UK (TAUK), and Traditional Aikido Europe (TAE). All TAUK clubs come together regularly when hosting and organising seminars for the wider network of European dojos which make up Traditional Aikido Europe.
Traditional Aikido Europe is a group of European Aikido dojos with over 400 active aikido-ka (Aikido practitioners) from 16 dojos in 7 countries, sharing in the practice and study of Takemusu (Iwama style) Aikido, in the lineage of Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th dan) and O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba (the founder of Aikido).
Sensei Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros (6th dan) is the Chairman and Chief Technical Director of the organisation. Sensei De Quiros spent over eight years in the Iwama dojo Japan studying directly from Saito Sensei as uchi deshi (live-in student).
Wellsprings was formed in April 2010 by Mark Allcock who is 2nd Dan at the moment.