Established 1964

6 Week Introductory Aikido Course - Starting 8th September 2018

’Learn structured self defence; where strength and size doesn’t matter.’

The 6 week introductory courses are run regualrly at the Cambridge Aikido club located at the Hills Road Sports & Tennis Centre.

If you have ever wondered about studying a martial art but have never tried, or have been concerned about being a beginner training with experienced students, this is the ideal opportunity for you.

This specially designed 6 week course offers an overview of all aspects of Iwama Aikido.

Aikido is not only a self-defence martial art, it includes positive character-building ideals which a person can incorporate into his or her own life.

Over the 6 weeks you will learn what Aikido is, and how it differs from other martial arts that you may know. Experienced teachers will guide you through basic body movements, body pins and throws, which are unique to Aikido. The teachers will also show you how to fall /roll properly, so that you feel able to practice with confidence and learn to take care of your body.

Some classes will introduce you to the Bokken (wooden training sword) and Jo (wooden) staff. Both weapons are widely used in Aikido around the world. You will learn basic movements with both weapons and begin to develop partner practices.

The structured course introduces new techniques in each session, and then builds upon these techniques in subsequent lessons.

This course is open men and women over the age of 18.

If you are interested in learned a traditional Japanese martial art then please get in touch.

When and Where?
The course will take place at:
Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre, Purbeck Road (off Hills Road), Cambridge, CB2 8PF.

The sessions will run from 7:30– 9:00pm on Monday evenings, concurrent with our existing Monday class. This will enable you to observe more experienced students, and become aware of more advanced techniques and falls. It will also give you the opportunity to get to know other club members.

How Much?
This 6 week course costs £60 and includes 12 months membership and insurance (normally £30). Insurance is compulsory and provided by the British Aikido Board the UK governing body for Aikido.

If you wish to continue training, regular sessions are available twice a week, and are £7 each. Discounts available for those paying monthly. The Insurance/membership is an annual payment.

What do you need to wear?
Loose clothing is advised. Beginners usually practice in tracksuit trousers and t-shirt. If you wish you can purchase a proper training uniform. A judo gi would be ideal and costs around £25. You might also like to bring a bottle of water with you.

Contact information
John Longford. Tel: 01223 529899 or email:

By cheque for £60.00 payable to 'W J Longford' (and posted to 30 Stourbridge Grove, Cambridge, CB1 3JA), or payable at the first lesson.

Membership application form download: PDF version | Word version

Additional information you may find useful.....

Dojo Etiquette

Proper observance of etiquette is as much a part of your training as is learning aikido techniques. Most of the following is common sense but please take a moment to read these guidelines:

  1. When entering or leaving the dojo, it is proper to bow in the direction of O Sensei's picture, the kamiza, or the front of the dojo. You should also bow when entering or leaving the mat.
  2. Be on time for class. If you do happen to arrive late, kneel on the edge of the mat until the instructor grants you permission to join in the practice.
  3. If you should have to leave the mat or dojo for any reason during class, approach the instructor and ask permission.
  4. Remove watches, rings and other jewellery before practice.
  5. Practice on the mat is barefoot so never walk on the mat with shoes. Always wear footwear to and from the mat (flipflops are convenient).
  6. Keep your training uniform clean, in good shape, and free of offensive odours.
  7. Hygiene care – particularly keep hands and feet clean and your finger and toe nails cut short.
  8. Please keep talking during class to a minimum. Any conversations should be restricted to one topic - Aikido.
  9. Carry out the directives of the instructor PROMPTLY. Do not keep the rest of the class waiting for you!
  10. Remember that you are here to learn, and not to gratify your ego. An attitude of receptivity and humility (though not obsequiousness) is therefore advised.
  11. Preserve commonsense standards of decency and respect at all times.

Useful Japanese vocabulary

At beginning the class

Seiza: Kneel

Onegaishimasu [On – ay– guy – shee – mass]: Please, usually as in please lets practice.

When practicing with a partner

At the start:

Onegaishimasu: Please, usually as in please lets practice together

At the end:

Domo arigato gozaimashita [Dom – oh – aree gat – o goz-eye– mash– ta]:

Thank you very much for something that has happened

End of the Class

Seiza: Kneel

Sensei ni Rei: Bow to Sensei

Domo arigato gozaimashta Sensei: Thank you (teacher) very much for the practice

Further Japanese vocabulary

Commands in the Dojo:

Domo arigato gozaimashita: Thank you very much (for something that's happened)

Onegaishimasu: Please, usually as in please lets practice together


Atemi: Strike to a vital point

Tsuki: A punch to the abdominal region

Menuchi: Strike to head

Shomen uchi: Overhead strike to the head.

Yokomen uchi: Diagonal strike to the side of the head.


Gyakuhanmi katatedori: Mirror wrist grip, opposite hands (i.e. left to right)

Ai hanmi katatedori: Same wrist grip (i.e. right to right)

Katate dori: One hand holding one wrist.

Katate ryotedori: Two hands holding two wrists.

Mune dori: One or two hand lapel hold.

Hiji dori: Elbow grab

Kata dori: Shoulder grab

Ushiro eridori: Neck grab from the back (usually the collar)

Ushiro ryokata dori: Shoulder grab from the back

Ushiro ryotedori: One hand holding one hand from the back.

Ushiro ryohijidori: Elbow grab from behind

Ushiro katatejime: Rear choke hold.


Hanmi: Triangular stance or half forward stance.

Seiza: Kneeling toes flat

Tachi: Standing


Ukemi : rolls or "receiving with the body"

Suwari waza: Techniques executed when both kneeling.

Tachi waza: Standing techniques.


Mae: Forward

Ushiro: Rearward, behind

Migi: Right

Hidari: Left

Omote: Front

Ura: Back

Uchi: Inside

Soto: Outside

Jodan: High

Chudan: Middle

Gedan: Low

Happo: The eight sides; in all directions


Aikido: The way of harmony of the spiriti

Budo: Martial way

Sensei: Teacher

Dojo: Training hall or "Place of the Way "

Tatami: Mat

Uchi deshi: A student who lives in the dojo

Uke: Receiver of the technique (attacker)

Nage: Doer of the technique (defender)

Bokken: Wooden sword

Jo: Short staff (~130 cm length)

Irimi: Entering

Kaiten: Rotation

Maai: Combat engagement distance

Shikko: On one's knees

Taisabaki: Body motion

Taijutsu: Body art

Tainohenko: Reversing the body's position

Tenkan: Pivot

Zanshin: The connection that remains with one’s partner, a balanced and aware state or "unbroken spirit"