There are two options available to beginners to start training in aikido with Wellsprings Aikido - the 'Introduction to Aikido' course or a 5 lesson trial.
The Introduction to Aikido Course
The Introduction to Aikido Course runs over six weeks and is held alongside the regular training sessions. The course will give you the opportunity to experience aikido and will provide a good grounding in the basics of the art. It also offers you the chance to train with others who are just starting out and to make new friends.
Cost of the course
The course costs £60 waged/£45 unwaged & full-time students (proof required) and includes your first year's insurance with British Aikido Board. All fees must be paid in advance (before your first class). If you have not paid then you will be unable to train. Please note that you are enrolling on a 6 week course and refunds cannot be given for classes that are missed.
Booking is essential as the insurance requires prior registration.
To book your place on this course please contact us.
Next course starts when Covid-19 allows (looking like September 2021)
Format of the course
The introductory sessions run alongside our normal training sessions. After an initial warm-up, the sensei (teacher) demonstrates techniques to the class who then partner up and practice those techniques. Aikido is not competitive. You work with a partner to develop an understanding of the movements and how it feels both to perform and to receive the techniques.
Be sure to advise the teacher of any medical problems, injuries or physical limitations which should be considered for your own safety and that of the other students.
The content of the course includes:
basics: dojo etiquette, hanmi (stance), ukemi (rolls and breakfalls), tai sabaki (body movement)
basic taijutsu (empty handed techniques): how to perform and safely receive basic attacks, locks, pins and throws.
an introduction to aiki weapons: jo (wooden staff) and bokken (wooden sword)
What to wear
Wear light but reasonably robust clothing, such as a sweat shirt and jogging bottoms. No jewellery or watches are to be worn during training. We train in bare feet but footwear should be worn whilst off the mat to avoid bringing dirt onto the training area. A karate or judo-gi (the familiar white costumes worn during training) can be purchased later if you decide to continue your aikido training.
Booking your place on the Introduction to Traditional Aikido Course.
If you would like to attend this course please contact Mark.
The 5 class trial period
Beginners are always welcome and if you're interested in trying some aikido classes but can't wait for (or simply can't make) the next Introduction to Aikido course then you can take advantage of our '5 Lesson Trial' at any time that suits you. A '5 Class Trial' costs £50 waged/£40 unwaged & full-time students (proof required) and offers you the chance to attend 5 of our regular aikido classes so you can try aikido for yourself. The fee includes your first year's membership of the Aikido Research Federation and B.A.B. insurance and must be paid in advance (before your first class).
What to wear
Wear light but reasonably robust clothing, such as a sweat shirt and jogging bottoms, and remove any jewellery and watches before training. We train in bare feet but footwear should be worn whilst off the mat to avoid bringing dirt onto the training area. A karate or judo-gi (the familiar white costumes worn during training) can be purchased later if you decide to continue your aikido training.
After your course or trial period
At the end of your course or 5 Class Trial you will need to decide whether you'd like to continue with your aikido training or not. The cost of the course/trial includes a year's membership of the Aikido Research Federation and basic insurance with the British Aikido Board for one year. To continue to train with Wellsprings Aikido you will be required to pay is your monthly mat fee (in advance). View current mat fees. In subsequent years you will need to renew your membership of the ARF. As at March 2019 membership costs £30 p.a. (includes B.A.B.insurance and affiliation to Takemusu Aikido Europe).
Not sure if aikido is for you?
Come along and watch a class before you commit to a course or trial. We're happy to welcome spectators and answer any questions you may have.