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 and different associations, including UK Aikikai (UKA), British Aikikai (BA), British Birankai (BB) and British Aikido Federation (BAF).


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).

The Instructor

Antonios Pavlakis holds a fourth degree black belt - 4th dan - (yondan 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.


The initial cost is for the annual membership with the UK Aikikai (UKA) association which also includes insurance.
  • Adult (waged) £32.00
  • Adult (concession/unemployed) £25.00
  • Under 18s* £18.00

For the monthy costs, see below:

Under 18s
£15.00 / month
Adults (waged)
£25.00 / month
Adults (concession)
£20.00 / month

Give it a go.

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