Our Association

The West Midlands Aikido Association is a non profit UK organisation based around the West Midlands & Staffordshire area, it has been established since the 1980’s. We have our main headquarters dojo in Brownhills which is a permanent dojo and also have satellite dojos in Cheslyn Hay, Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield. Our club teaches strong basics, accuracy of technique, posture and movement before moving on to the more advanced forms, we also train regularly in Aiki Ken and Aiki Jo weapons work giving a solid foundation in Aikido. This is a traditional style of Aikido that is sometimes called Iwama Aikido by other Aikido practitioners.

What is Aikido?
Aikido is equally suited to both women and men as it is not based on muscle mass, strength or aggression. Its clever principles of absorption and redirection are designed to neutralize an attack and keep one out of harm’s way. Aikido employs effective techniques that can be applied to someone of any size, weight or build and its techniques aim to blend with the attacker’s energy and use it to control or throw them rather than meet it head on. The martial art of Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba, more commonly known as O’Sensei who died in 1969 at the age of 86 after a life time of martial art studies and experience in a changing world.

Why Aikido is a very unique martial art?
Aikido is more than a versatile self defence system of holds/locks and throws. It brings you to understand yourself and improve it in many ways by:
• Teaching you situational awareness of others, yourself and the surroundings you are in,
• Increases mental concentration and focus,
• Reduces your stress levels by training your body and mind while calming you and giving you enjoyment,
• Promotes positive and longer term health benefits from fitness, increase flexibility and stamina,
• Teaches you to respect one another and humility in yourself as well as introducing you to a whole new network of friends from the UK, Europe, USA & Japan,
• Develops skills and understanding to manage and avoid conflict and de-escalate it by increased mindfulness and resilience of understanding movements, angles and body language. This philosophy of training can be applied in everyday life if it be at work, your home life or amongst your friends,
• Throughout all Aikido training it will teach you perseverance, discipline and leadership and show you principles of logic, physics, and physiology and that speed, aggregation or strength is not the answer,

All the above things and you will find more will become part of you and enable you forge your own path and better understanding in life with the art of Aikido.

Here at the West Midlands Aikido Association we aim to resemble and teach the same Aikido and physiology as taught by the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba, by following the teaching of Morihiro Saito Shihan (9th Dan) who was the closest and the longest serving student of O-Sensei, having trained with the founder for a un broken 23 years at the founders dojo in the Iwama prefecture. Morihiro Saito Shihan catalogued O’Sensei’s teachings in a set syllabus, enabling Aikido today to maintain its purity, form and clarity of the art the founder intended. This catalogued syllabus is what we, The West Midlands Aikido Association now follow in our daily classes and aim to fulfil the true art of Aikido.

As a club we pride ourselves on the fact the standard of teaching is taught to a high level enabling easy understanding and continued learning, which means that people who are new to the art or seasoned practitioners, can all learn together easily and safely in a friendly and non competitive manner.

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What is Aikido?
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Our Dojo's

Monday – Tamworth

Instructors Name: Steve Marklew Sensei 4th Dan & Lyle Barras 1st Dan Training Times: Monday 19:30 to 21:30 (Closed on […]

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Tuesday – Brownhills

Instructors Name: Warren Hopley Sensei Training Times: Tuesday 19.00 to 21:00

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Wednesday – Brownhills

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Thursday – Brownhills

Instructors Name: Phil Wall Sensei 2nd Dan, Garreth Peters Sensei & Sue Green Sensei 1st Dan Training Times: Thursday 19.30 […]

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Friday – Brownhills

Instructors Name: Richard Power Sensei 3rd Dan Training Times: Friday 19.30 to 21:30

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Saturday – Brownhills

Instructors Name: Phil Wall Sensei 2nd Dan Training Times: Friday 10.00 to 11.30am

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Sunday – Cheslyn Hay

Instructors Name: Leigh Davis Sensei 2nd Dan Training Times: Sunday, 10.00 – 12.00 a.m (Adults and Juniors)

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Friday – Sutton Coldfield

Friday – Sutton Coldfield Area Instructors : Garreth Peters Sensei & Sue Green Sensei Training Times: Friday 19.30pm – 21.30pm […]

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