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.
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
One of Ueshiba Sensei’s most talented students was Gozo Shioda, who went on to begin
the Yoshinkan style of Aikido. Gozo Shioda, born in 1915, studied and earned a 3rd
Dan in Judo while still a teenager. He then discovered Morihei Ueshiba's school
and immersed himself in an eight year full-
Ueshiba O Sensei. Yoshinkan Aikido uses six fundamental training movements and about
150 common defensive techniques which are practiced repeatedly. Mastering these
basics conditions enable students to be able to execute the remaining techniques,
which are thought to total about 3000 in all. Yoshinkan Aikido is not a sport. It
is the cooperative development of both physical and mental dexterity. But there
is also an incredibly powerful and practical self-
About Yoshinkan Aikido