What is Sanchin Aikido UK?

We are a group of friends who train together. We study the Japanese martial art of aikidō, and help each other to grow and develop our skills. We don't limit ourselves to a particular style, though naturally we each have our own history; instructors we studied under, training with different people, or in different arts. We encourage each other to bring our unique perspectives together and share what we know. Our goal is to expand our skill-sets, try new things, polish and refine our art, and have fun!

Who are We?

We hope our study group grow will grow to encompass many people, and that we can welcome even more guests to train with us, but here is a little bit about a few of our 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.

I work in IT, but in my free time I day-dream about martial arts and terrorise others with awful puns.


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Why Sanchin?

Sanchin (三戦) means "three battles", usually interpreted as the struggle to unify mind, body, and spirit. We all face adversity at points in our lives, and it can be challenging to overcome these obstacles, particularly as we must also muddle our way through understanding ourselves and growing as people at the same time as we push 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. None of us are born with the understanding necessary to know ourselves, or to perfect our bodies, or to find what our heart tells us will lift our spirits. By fighting these battles within, and finding through it the strength to take on life's challenges in your own way, we can bring ourselves a measure of satisfaction and peace.