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!
We are finally back training again at SOAS Post Pandemic!!
Training at SOAS is FREE for SOAS students, and takes place at the following times:
While we are waiting for the Gym to reopen , we have a class at 5.30pm on Tuesday evenings till 7 pm in LG 67.
Come down and try a class - no experience or level of fitness necessary. Just wear something you can roll comfortably in eg tracksuit bottoms and T shirt.
Any students who are already Aikido practicioners are welcome to come and train with us during their time at SOAS!