Where & When?
We currently train
every Sunday at Barrhead Foundry, with an instructor-led class running from 1:00pm - 2:00pm.
Teaching duties will be shared among the group members, but there will always be at least one fully insured instructor present at every class. We encourage everyone to build their own toolbox of skills, and this includes the ability to step into an instructor or coaching role if it interests them.
What & Why?
TL;DR - Aikidō! It's fun! :-)
There are a lot of benefits to training martial arts. Aikidō is a traditional Japanese martial art, founded by Morihei Ueshiba, with a rich breadth of aspects for students to explore and is primarily derived from Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu. The way most people train, regular practice in aikidō will lend itself particularly to improving body usage including things like; co-ordination, flexibility, balance, stamina, and timing. We like to look at our training from a variety of different perspectives, and in keeping with the concept of sanchin we see our training as a way to improve ourselves through unifying mind, body, and spirit.
Training involves learning solo body movements, working with partners to develop technique, and learning how to fall safely (also called ukemi).
We also train reigi (etiquette) but we do not view this as something that should be forced on anyone. The only expectations that we have of our members is that everyone is treated fairly, with mutual respect, and that all training activities are conducted with reciprocal consent in a manner that is safe for all participants.
Equipment & Fees?
You don't need anything special to start training, just wear comfortable sports or gym clothing.
After a while you may want to purchase a keikogi (training clothes) and optionally a hakama (a stylised pair of pleated trousers traditionally worn with a kimono - which is a formal garment worn in Japan). For walking between the changing room and the hall, you may wish to bring a pair of sandals. We normally practice bare-foot on floor mats, and wearing sandals keeps your feet clean as you walk to the mat. The floor mats are an important piece of safety equipment and keeping them clean and in good order is advisable.
From time to time we also train with bokken (wooden sword), jo (wooden staff), and tanto (wooden knife), but these are not necessary to purchase until later when you have developed an interest in those types of training exercise.
We would love to train without the need to think about money, but the cost of hiring the training space and arranging adequate insurance cover requires that we do charge some fees. We endeavour to be completely open and transparent about this, and all monies raised are used for the sole purpose of covering costs and supporting the study group as a whole.
Guests are charged £5 per class. If you have insurance cover from another source (e.g. membership to another association) please bring proof of this with you.
Membership of our study group is £20 per month, which includes one class per week and automatic registration as a student with the British Martial Arts and Boxing Association (and insurance under their group student liability cover). You are free to start or stop your membership as you choose, and there are no contractual restrictions.
Optionally you may also choose to register with Aikido UK at £22 per year, which opens up the opportunity to attend a range of additional classes with our parent association. To take full advantage of this, and attend any number of additional weekly classes at Aikido UK venues, you may choose to pay an additional £15 per month (i.e. monthly fees become £35 total for that month).
Aikido UK members who are already paying £35 per month do not incur any additional fees to attend our study group.
We hope all of this is clear, but if you have any questions please feel free to speak to us - we aim to operate in a transparent manner, and welcome any opportunity to provide clarifications.