Welcome - はじめまして

Learn Aikido

Join us to learn this non-competitive martial art that uses the opponent's strength against them.

Our Journey So Far

Our Journey So Far

We started the club in May 2013 with the main aim to ensure that everyone is always welcome to join and train with us in a friendly environment.

Since then, we've had people of all ages training with us. We've also had guest instructors coming to teach from all over the country.

Some of them include:

  • Gordon Jones Shihan 7th dan from the Ren Shin Kan dojo of the UKA organisation
  • Philip Smith Shihan 7th dan from the Ren Shin Kan dojo of the UKA organisation
  • Eddie McCalla Shihan 6th dan from the San Raku Kan dojo of the UKA organisation
  • Mark Machin sensei 3rd dan from the Aikido Bedford dojo of the UKA organisation
  • Ian Grubb sensei 6th dan from the Mei Jyu Kan dojo of the British Aikikai organisation
  • Iain Cooper sensei 3rd dan from the Mei Jyu Kan dojo of the British Aikikai organisation
  • Asia Thompson sensei 3rd dan from the Ei Mei Kan dojo of the British Aikikai organisation
  • Andy Thomson sensei from the Ashby Folville Aikido dojo of the British Aikido Federation organisation

Leicester Aikikai ( レスター 合気会 ) holds a full membership affiliation to United Kingdom Aikikai (UKA) which is part of the Joint Aikikai Council (JAC); all our kyu grades are recognised nationally and the dan grades internationally.

We teach traditional aikido (aikikai).

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The Instructor

Antonios Pavlakis holds a third degree black belt - 3rd dan - (sandan so-Hombu Fukushidoin 副指導員) and is the chief instructor at the Leicester Aikikai dojo.

He started aikido in 1997 at the De Montfort University Aikido Club in Leicester under the instruction of Dave Lenton sensei (4th dan).

In 2009, when Adoni received his teaching qualifications he became an assistant instructor at the DMU Aikido club and in May 2013 he started Leicester Aikikai dojo - レスター 合気道 道場.

Location and Times

Class Times

Fridays at 7:00pm - 9:00pm

We practice at

Aylestone Leisure Centre

2 Knighton Lane East, Leicester, LE2 6LU

Getting here

Car: Use the above address. Free parking at the leisure centre.

Bus: The "Aylestone Leisure Centre" bus stop is just 2 minutes away.

Costs

First class (FREE)
  • Can come and watch.
  • Come and try it out.
£0.00
Class
  • Aikido body art
  • Aikido Weapons
  • Visiting instructors
£5.00 / per person
Membership
  • Membership with the UK Aikikai (UKA) organisation.
  • Membership fee includes insurance.
  • Kyu gradings are always free for members.
£32.00 / per year

Give it a go.

Come down on a Friday night to give it a go. First class is FREE.

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