"In your training, do not be in a hurry, for it takes a minimum of ten years to master the basics and advance to the first rung. Never think of yourself as an all-knowing, perfected master; you must continue to train daily with your friends and students and progress together in the Art of Peace." Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido.

Start training with Wellsprings Aikido.  New members are always welcome.  Both beginners and experienced aikidoka can sign up for an 5 lesson trial period.  We also offer 6 week courses for beginners from time to time. The next course will start Friday 12th September 2019. If you would like to find out more about Aikido in general or Wellsprings Aikido in particular before committing to a course or trial period then you are most welcome to come along to one of our training sessions, to watch us and have your questions answered.

No more Aikido classes until further notice due to Covid-19.

Mark throwing on previous Dorset seminar

Wellsprings Aikido trains at

 Poole Martial Arts and Fitness Centre.

 156a Stanley Green Road,



BH15 3AH.

Training Days and Times

Tuesdays  -  20.30  until 22.00

Fridays -  20.00  until 22.00

Mat Fees

Payment method
Aikidoka (waged)
Aikidoka (unwaged/students/pensioners)
Pay per session
Pre-pay by Standing Order for month
£33 per month
£25 per month

Insurance Requirements

All aikidoka must have valid insurance to train with Wellsprings Aikido.  For Wellsprings Aikidoka this is provided by the British Aikido Board via membership of the Aikido Research Federation. 

Students enrolled on a designated beginners' course or trial period have the first year's membership of the Aikido Research Federation, which includes the necessary level of insurance required to train with Wellsprings Aikido, included in the fee paid. Students are at liberty to arrange additional insurance at their own expense.

Visiting aikidoka must provide proof of insurance before they will be allowed onto the tatami.

To train with Wellsprings Aikido you will be required to pay is your monthly mat fee (in advance).  View current mat fees.  Annual membership costs £30 p.a. (includes B.A.B.insurance and affiliation to Takemusu Aikido Europe).

Minimum Age Requirement

You must be at least 18 years old to train with Wellsprings Aikido.


We wear the traditional white gi during our training. Kyu grades wear white belts and dan grades wear black. Hakama are worn by 3rd kyu and above. Beginners can wear light but reasonably robust clothing, such as a sweat shirt and jogging bottoms. We train in bare feet but footwear is worn whilst off the mat to avoid bringing dirt onto the training area.


You will require a bokken and jo (wooden sword and staff) to train in Iwama Aikido. Later you may want to purchase a tanto (wooden knife).
We recommend that you purchase bokken and jo made from oak. These are a little more expensive but will last and are less likely to splinter or fracture if they receive a wack! The bokken used in Iwama Aikido has a squared off saki (tip). If your bokken has a pointed tip this must be sawn off before being used in training.