How Do I Get Started?
Membership is £45 per calendar month (starting the 1st of each month) and covers attendance at any Sanchin Aikido UK classes. You can sign up to pay the fee online using the PayPal link at the bottom of this page.
The first Sunday training of each month is a beginners orientation class, so this is an ideal time to join in! If you can please print, complete, and bring with you a registration and disclosure form. It is also possible to pick up and complete a form at any of our classes.
The entrance to the training hall is on the opposite side of the building than the Morrisons superstore (look for the signs: Unit 12 - Floor4orce Dance Academy). Please ask for Graeme when you arrive to say "Hi".
Please also check out the welcome to training video to learn more about your first class!
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions and answers that might help you get started or decide if aikidō is for you.
What should I wear to my first class?
Generally clothes that are easy to move around in but cover your knees, e.g., tracksuit and t-shirt or similar exercise-wear. If you have previously trained in a martial art and still have training clothes they're fine too! It's worth trying a few classes before investing in aikidō-specific clothing.
I have a medical condition, what do I need to know about my practice?
You should consult with your GP to make sure you are allowed to do physical activities that will involve rolling and controlled falling to the ground. Please also let the instructor know of your condition so that they may make whatever adjustments that will be necessary for you to safely practice. Above all it's important to train at a sustainable pace and look after your health.
How often should I train?
You can train as often or as little as you like. The teaching syllabus that Sanchin Aikido UK follow has clear prerequisites for each grading examination and passing these is necessary to advance in rank. The syllabus specifies minimum recommended practice time between ranks but no maximum. All students should feel free to train at a pace that suits them.
Do I need to sit grading examinations?
The teaching syllabus and associated grades/ranks are a useful measuring stick to track progress, but not a requirement to enjoy your training or learn. There is no pressure to advance through the grades.
Is aikidō good for self-defence/fighting?
In order to be good at something you must train specifically for that goal or objective. The training on offer at Sanchin Aikido UK does not involve any competitive pressure-testing or sparring and so would be unsuited to learning how to fight.
Self-defence is a complex topic that involves many other aspects that fall outside the scope of the teaching syllabus, not least of all having an understanding of legal concerns. It is recommended that for these goals students look to more specialised training.
Do I need to pay even if I'm not training?
No, you are not bound by contract. Please suspend or cancel your monthly subscription if you need to take an extended break from training. You can resume your membership as soon as you're able to return to training.
If circumstances or any technical issue prevent you from cancelling, please speak to us so we can help and/or issue a refund.
Do you offer children's classes?
No, unfortunately not. Membership of the study group is open to persons aged 18 or over only.
Sign Me Up!
Sign up for membership at £45 per month. This entitles you to attend any class run by Sanchin Aikido UK. You are not bound by contract and may cancel your membership at any time.
Please note that this is a recurring subscription, so payment will be taken again one month after you sign up and so on for the duration.
Please return here to cancel your subscription at any time.