What's important is that Saunders Sensei taught the essential principles that make Aikido strong and effective. Everything time I train with Saunders Sensei I feel equipped not only with new technical knowledge, but a better idea of the foundations of Aikido so that I can progress on my own.
This club offers superb aikido instruction in a friendly but committed environment and offers something for both beginners and existing Aikidoka.
When I first joined Meikyokai Aikido and was introduced to Yoshinkan Aikido I wondered how aikido could benefit me, a year on and I am more relaxed,confident and fit.To become any where near good in aikido you need a good teacher and at Meikyokai aikido you definitely will find that
Training is challenging, frustrating, fascinating, and rewarding all in one session. However, the best part is training with really great people, some of who have become really great friends. I have been training for over 10 years and my only regret about aikido is that I don’t do enough of it.
Training is a contstant intellectual as well as physical challenge. Each lesson at the Meikyokai I feel I make progress in both areas. Most importantly Sensei Neil's welcoming and encouraging attitude to work hard as well as enjoy the training is mirrored by a great group of friendly and dedicated students.
About Meikyokai Aikido
At the Meikyokai Dojo we teach the Japanese martial art of Yoshinkan Aikido within the London borough of Bexley in Kent; we are an independent dojo which is affiliated to the Yoshinkan Honbu through the AYF.
The Chief Instructor, Neil Saunders holds the ranks of 4th Dan in both Yoshinkan and Tomiki Aikido. Under the technical guidance of Robert Mustard Sensei, 7th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido, we offer classes which cater for all level's of ability as well as for the more experienced martial artist looking to train in Aikido.
We do not teach students techniques for fighting, violence or aggression, rather we offer methods for controlling and minimising these types of behaviour no matter how large or powerful the person is.
Please browse through our website and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to come and watch or even try a class
The Meikyokai dojo was founded in January 2004 by Neil Saunders and Ian Moody.
Meikyokai means 'when the mind is free and clear' which is one of the principles of any martial art, this is often known as mushin or 'no mind'. At the Meikyokai dojo, we are inspired to achieve this state by trusting the form to develop precise and powerful technique and relaxation through our technique. As a consequence, we aim to develop muscle memory so that our subconscious mind reacts to specific situations rather than our conscious mind.
The style of Aikido taught at the Meikyokai dojo is Yoshinkan Aikido. We are fortunate to have Robert Mustard Sensei, 7th Yoshinkan Aikido, as our technical advisor and we are grateful for his guidance and patience. At the Meikyokai dojo we follow the Yoshinkan grading syllabus as set out by the Honbu dojo.
All of the instructors are qualified and have full Personal Indemnity Insurance and are CRB checked. All members train in a friendly and sincere manner, creating an atmosphere of enjoyment and togetherness where we all have the common goal of improving our Aikido. At present, the dojo only caters for adults but anyone is welcome to watch a class or even try one.
All levels of ability are catered for, including beginners and advanced students.