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Welcome to our aikido club

Our aikido club is located in North Hertfordshire, serving the towns of Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock, Welwyn, Hertford and Royston. We are affilliated to the Aikido Research Federation and the club teachers are accredited by the British Aikido Board.

Beginners are always welcome.

Aikido  - Wednesday at 8.00pm, here, at the Marriotts Sports Centre, Telford Avenue, Stevenage, SG2 0AN 

Aikido Weapons - Tuesday at 8.00pm, here, at the Marriotts Sports Centre, Telford Avenue, Stevenage, SG2 0AN .

What is aikido?

Aikido is a powerful martial art that can only be used for self-defence. Aikido uses angles and balance to over-power larger or stronger opponents. Since aikido does not rely on strength to be effective, it is suitable for men and women of differing ages and abilities.  

We study a traditional style of aikido called Iwama Style. This is a style of aikido developed by the late Morihiro Saito Sensei 9th Dan, a long-term student of O'Sensei, the founder of aikido. It concentrates on the study of basic but powerful aikido techniques and emphasises the use of aiki weapons (ken and jo).

Club News

Sensei Toutain's seminar is now fully booked. For those coming along, details of the seminar can be found here.

To avoid disappointment, please do not turn up if you have not booked. Space is strictly limited. There will be another chance to see Sensei in October (16/17).

Beginners are always welcome to start training at any time.

We have completed our move to the Marriotts Sports Centre.  Both Taijutsu and weapons classes are held in the Dance Studio and start at 8pm.

Entrance is available via Telford Avenue. The official address for the Sports Centre is off Brittain Way, but access is much more easily available via Telford Avenue.

For more news and photos, you can now find us on Facebook.

Please look here for information about how to renew your ARF membership.

We have had a number of student enquiries about aikido books and DVDs. These books can be ordered from Amazon and the Aikido Journal while the DVDs are available from Sensei Toutain's website. They provide basic guidance on core aikido taijutsu and weapons techniques.

Sensei Daniel Toutain -  DVDs (available as a set of 14 or individuallly)


Brian Bagot - Aikido: Traditional Art and Modern Sport

Morihiro Saito Sensei - Takemusu Aikido (available as a set of 5 or individulally)