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You will find details about our club on this page

Beginners should look here for details of how to start training.

Location

Monday and Wednesday evenings - Taijutsu (Body Techniques)

8.00-9.30pm at the Marriotts Sports Centre, Telford Avenue, Stevenage, SG2 0AN in the 'Dance Studio'.

Access is  now available via Telford Avenue. The Sports Centre's official address is the same as the associated school, but the school's entrance is on Brittain Way. The site is very large, and it is better to gain access via Telford Avenue rather than Brittain Way.

There is free parking, changing facilities and showers.

Click here for a map.

Tuesday evenings - Bukiwaza (Weapons)

8.00-9.30pm at the Marriotts Sports Centre, Telford Avenue, Stevenage, SG2 0AN in the 'Dance Studio'.

There is free parking, changing facilities and showers.

Click here for a map.

Class costs

Taijutsu and weapons classes are paid for in blocks. The prices are for students training after a beginners introduction.

Day

Number

Price

Valid

Any

4 Classes

30 (7.50ea)

8 weeks

Any

8 Classes

52 (6.50ea)

12 weeks

Class requirements

  • You must be 18 or over.
  • You need to wear loose clothing (T-shirt, tracksuit etc), which you don't mind being pulled or stretched. You should also take off all jewellery, or cover it with sticking tape. Finger and toe nails should be kept short and long hair tied up.
  • We don't recommend that you wear eye glasses. If you need to, we don't accept responsibility for damage to them.  Please ensure they are safe to use for sport.
  • Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol won't be allowed to train. You must also tell your teacher of any medical conditions that might affect your ability to train or exercise.
  • For your safety, and that of the other students, you must do exactly what the teachers instruct.
  • There are no refunds for missed classes.  

Membership fees

The club is affiliated to the Aikido Research Federation, which is in turn affiliated to the British Aikido Board (BAB). In order to train after your beginners introduction, students must become members of the ARF. The annual fee to renew is currently 20 (new members 25) and can be paid by cash, cheque or on-line. Included in this is membership of the BAB. The BAB provides student members with some insurance cover, the details of which can be found on their website.  If students feel this cover is insufficient, they are free to purchase their own extra insurance.

Teachers

The club's senior teacher is an experienced aikidoka who has more than a decade's worth of training and teaching knowledge.

Sensei Phil 4th Dan

  • Trained in a Ki style from 1999 to 2001.
  • Became a full time uchi deshi (live-in student) under Sensei Tony Sargeant 6th Dan from 2001 to 2003 in Orwell.
  • Trained under Sensei Daniel Toutain 6th Dan since 2006. He was awarded his yondan (4th Dan) by Sensei Toutain in October 2013.
  • Attended numerous Iwama Ryu seminars in UK and Europe.
  • Has taught students since 2002, first at the Orwell Dojo and then in Stevenage.
  • Holds a full BAB coaching certificate and a first aid certificate.

Sensei Phil is assisted by his senior students:

  • Sensei Peter - 2nd Dan
  • Sensei Andy - 2nd Dan
  • Sensei Kevin - 2nd Dan
  • Sensei James - 2ndDan

All have trained with Sensei Phil and Sensei Daniel Toutain for many years and have attended numerous seminars and uchi deshi. All hold BAB coaching certificates. Between them they have more than two decades of aikido experience.