What Is Sanchin Aikido UK?

It's a study group formed to train and learn the Japanese martial art of aikidō.  The group aims to help members grow and develop while exploring what aikidō has to offer.

Each member brings their own strengths and history; instructors they studied under, experience training with different people, or in different martial arts.  The group helps bring these unique perspectives together to share.  The goal is to expand skill-sets, try new things, polish and refine techniques, and have fun!


The group was founded on the principle that the practice of aikidō is something that can benefit everyone.  Aikidō can be a fascinating study in body mechanics and through regular practice you can work to improve self-discipline, co-ordination, balance, awareness, and develop calmness under pressure.  These are all things that can be invaluable in manging busy modern lives.

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At Sanchin Aikido UK we have a clear vision on what we want to achieve and the legacy we’d like to create.

Who Are We?

The hope is that the study group grow will grow to encompass many people, and that it can welcome many guests to train, but here is a little bit about a few of the group members, in their own words.

"I started training aikidō in November 2001 under William Andrew Sensei.  Since then I have had the privilege to practice with hundreds of people, and it has taught me to value different perspectives as a way to grow and evolve my skills.

Since February 2017 I have also been studying Musō Shinden-ryū and ZNKR Seitei iaidō under Billy Smart.

One of my key goals is to present and explain aikidō in a straight-forward and concise manner.  I enjoy efficiency and a minimalist approach to applying technique.  My favourite technique is kotegaeshi, but o-goshi is starting to grow on me!

I work in IT as a technical architect, but in my free time I day-dream about martial arts and terrorise others with my awful sense of humour."


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Why The Name Sanchin?

Sanchin (三戦) means "three battles", usually interpreted as the struggle to unify mind, body, and spirit.  Everyone faces adversity at points in their lives, and it can be challenging to overcome these obstacles, particularly as it has to come alongside muddling through understanding and growing as a person at the same time as pushing for success.

Continually striving to find and maintain a balance between the sometimes conflicting needs of the mind, body, and spirit is one way to ease your journey through life.  No-one is born with the understanding necessary to know themselves, or with the knowledge to perfect their body, or with an instruction manual to guide them to things that will lift their spirits.  Everyone must learn as they go, and this is difficult.  By fighting these "battles" everyone can find the strength to take on life's challenges in their own way.

Legal Registration and Profit Statement

Sanchin Aikido UK is formed as an unincorporated association and is not registered as a corporation or charity.  It does not constitute a separate legal entity, and members are personally liable as far as is applicable under any relevant UK law.

The group is a non-profit making organisation.  All profit and surpluses will be used to maintain or improve the group equipment and/or facilities.  No profit or surplus will be distributed other than to another non-profit making body or to members on winding up or dissolution of the club.