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Class Times: Tuesday and Thursday 8pm-10pm
Beginners and spectators are always welcome at our club.
In the Art of Ki Aikido there is no aggression, tension or competition. Classes are suitable for all levels of fitness and may be practised equally by men and women of any size, age or ability.The purpose of the practise is to learn to co-ordinate our mind and body through enjoyable exercise which will enhance the quality of our lives. To find out more about aikido, please see: http://kifederationofgreatbritain.co.uk/introduction-to-ki-aikido/
This is the only Aikido club in the Sussex area that is affiliated to the Ki Federation of Great Britain, which is led by Sensei K Williams (http://kifederationofgreatbritain.co.uk/sensei-williams/) who was a full time assistant under Kenshiro Abbe Sensei.
You are always welcome to contact the Sensei (teacher), Pete Bailie. You can do so either by phone 07941 447735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Before you can participate in a class, you must have had a conversation with the teacher (either by phone or in person) and have paid the appropriate membership fee (see below).
You are welcome to come and watch a class – please see details of class times below.
We practice at The Island, which is a former police station now converted into dance and art studios. This is located near to Broadmead, in the centre of Bristol, BS1 2AA
Please use the entrance to The Island in Bridewell Street, and follow the signs for Ki Aikido. Please ensure you use the Bridewell Street entrance only – the dojo (practice space) is not accessible from other entrances.
Car and Cycle Parking
The centre of Bristol is busy on a Friday evening, and motor access to some roads is restricted.
CAR Parking: There is some metered on-road parking in Bridewell Street and elsewhere. Car parks are listed at http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/bs1_2aa/ closest are either Bridewell St (No 3 on map, £1/hour) or Rupert Street (No 2, £2.50/evening)
CYCLE Parking: Bikes cannot be bought in to The Island building. Do ensure your cycle is properly locked.
Membership and Fees
Before anyone is allowed to practice, he or she must be a member of the Ki Federation of Great Britain (KFGB). Joining the Ki Federation involves an annual payment. This means that we must take cash or a cheque for your first month before you can take part in a class.
First Month: includes membership of the KFGB, and four weeks’ lessons. This is a good way to join the KFGB, practice and be given an introduction to Ki Aikido. The cost is currently £38 per year, or £25 (unemployed) [2013 figures]
Standing Order: after the first month (which has to be paid cash or cheque), payment is by monthly standing order.
Fees: For one calendar month’s practices – four or five classes, each lasting two hours.
Adult: £24.00 / month
Student or Unemployed: £18.00 / month
Disabled / Senior Citizen / Youth: £12.00 / month
What to Wear
When members begin to practise they may wear any loose, comfortable clothing and wear sandals or flip-flops between the changing rooms and the mat. Toe and fingernails should be short and clean to prevent any injury and jewellery should be removed. There are changing facilities at The Island, so please bring your clothes for the class with you. Eventually however a white Kidogi (aikido kit similar to that used for judo) should be worn by men; and a white Kidogi and black hakama by women.
Friday evenings 7.15 – 9.15pm
The club welcomes new members. A good first step is to come and watch a class to see Ki Aikido and how it is taught. The class meets weekly on Friday evenings between 7.15pm and 9.15pm. There is a short break for tea at 8.05pm.
Please ensure you arrive early – for 7pm. The teacher or one of the more experienced students can then introduce you to what you are about to see. Please make enough time to watch the lesson until the tea break. During the break we are happy to answer questions about the practice and the club in general.
Classes for adults and young people aged 12 and over.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.15-9.15pm.
Junior classes (5-12 years) with Sensei Sam Keogh (3rd Dan).
Tuesdays in term time, 6.30-7.20pm.
You can contact Sam on 079 7443 0359 or email@example.com.
Simon Andrews studied under Sensei Dave Blayney, a sixth Dan with the Ki Federation of Great Britain and founder of the Callington Ki Aikido Club nearly twenty years ago. Now a 4th Dan and teacher with the Ki Federation of Great Britain, Simon and the rest of the club would welcome anyone who is interested in Ki Aikido or would like to find out more to come along to the club or call for an informal chat.
With students from Cornwall and Devon, the club offers beginners courses for complete beginners.
Callington Ki Aikido Club
Close to Plymouth, Launceston, Saltash, Tavistock and Liskeard.
Tuesday Evenings, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Beginners welcome to come along and have a chat.
Beginners courses for all abilities. All ages welcome from 16 to 90!
We practise every Monday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and on Thursdays from 8pm – 10pm.
If you would like to come along to watch, you’re very welcome, but come a few minutes earlier so we can chat before the class begins.
- 7.30pm – 9.30pm – General class
- 7pm – 8pm – Blue belt & above
- 8pm – 10pm – General class
Sensei Steve Pearce has practiced Aikido with the Ki Federation of Great Britain for 25 years since 1984. He first practiced in Newport under Sensei Mike Lindsey and Sensei Norman Ford in Pontypool. He later studied under Sensei Steve Lindsey and Sensei Steve Lane before moving for software engineering work in Bristol. He deliberately relocated in East Bristol (Oldland Common) so that he could further his Aikido study in Bath under the renowned and inspirational Sensei Paul Mackecan.
After having to move with work, in 2003 Sensei Steve Pearce resumed his training under the profoundly knowledgeable Sensei John Whipps in Gloucester, and he continues to find deep inspiration with this teacher at his Dojo in the Whitecroft Dojo, Forest of Dean.
In 2009 Sensei Steve Pearce founded the Cardiff Ki Aikido Club in Birchgrove and in 2012 moved the Dojo to Llandaff North.
Thursdays 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Our club, which is now in its fifth year, is sure to offer a warm and friendly welcome to anyone who would like to come along.
If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to give Sensei Dolling a call, or drop us an email and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.
White Hill Centre
Wednesday 7:30pm – 9:30pm
The Bagnall Centre
Saturday 9:00am – 11:00am
Thursdays 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Sundays 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Wednesday evenings – Dojo opens from 7:45
Practice times are 8:15 – 10:15
Tuesday Evenings with class starting promptly at 19.30-21.30. Students should arrive by 19.00 to help put the mat out and to get changed prior to class starting.
From 20.00 to 22.00 on Thursdays (please arrive early to get changed and prep)
We are closed from 17th July until 21st August 2014 – re-open from 28th August.
Any query can be sent to me and will reply in due course.