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Airenjuku Aikido


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Aikido is a Japanese martial art that can be translated as "The Way of Harmonic Energy." Harmonisation, as opposed to confrontation is at the heart of Aikido, therefore it is a very effective way of training mind, body and spirit as well as a very practical form of self defence. Unlike other martial arts, Aikido is more about working with your training partner as opposed to against them. As it less aggresive and non competitive, it is suitable for all ages and people of all shapes and sizes. It's a great way of keeping fit, promoting flexibility, core strength and increased co-ordination and reaction.

Airenjuku, (translated as "Small Hall of Harmonious Practicioners") was formed over 21 years ago and is a very successful Aikido society at SOAS. Airenjuku offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere which allows students to train and live their everday lives without the burden of competition. The dojo provides opportunites to train outside of London - and even abroad. Practicing Aikido at our dojo isn't just a great way to keep fit, it's great for socialising too as we always go for a drink after training!


Training at SOAS is FREE for SOAS students, and takes place at the following times:

Training during the Covid-19 pandemic

The colleges where we normally train are closed for the rest of this term They are unlikely to be open for anything more than limited use before Spring term 2021. Also social distancing makes our usual training a little difficult to say the least. However, we are continuing training as best we can.

We are running two online and one live weapons class each week.

  • Tuesday 7pm till 8 pm Zoom class followed by virtual pub. (bring your own beer)
  • Saturday 10 am till 11.30 am Zoom class again followed by social time.
  • Wednesday afternoon- between 3 and 6 pm times variable- weapons class


We are lucky to have Steve Magson sensei teaching basic weapons for the first hour of the Saturday class, with Tom Helsby taking his regular 6 weekly session.

Dov Rigal sensei is teaching a small weapons class Kilburn.

These are formal classes, and usual dojo etiquette applies. Please wear gi if possible. Have weapons ready. Wakasashi or shoto are helpful. If you would like to visit and train with us, we are happy to welcome you. Please contact us (see below) for contact details.

Sadly, it is too difficult to run beginners classes online, so we are not offering these at present.

Hopefully we will be back training properly eventually but we will keep you updated as the current rules and advice changes.

Zoom classes- please email Sue Smith at and I will send you the link for the class you would like to attend.

Weapons Class.

Please contact Dov Rigal at or 0300 068 5818 for details and address.


Any students who are already Aikido practicioners are welcome to come and train with us during their time at SOAS!


Come and try a FREE taster class on Saturday 3rd October (10-11: 30 am)on Zoom!

Zoom call details:
Personal Identifier/ meeting number
    559 257 5152
Passcode (if they need it)




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