Aikido is a non-competitive Japanese martial art whose power derives from blending and balance-taking, redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it. The Hartland Aikido Club practises a traditional style of aikido including exercises to help develop calmness and relaxation which can bring benefits in daily life as well as in the practice of Aikido itself. The self-defence techniques of aikido include throws, wrist-locks and escapes.
The chief instructor of the Hartland Club, Huw Collingbourne, has practised Aikido since the early 1980s and has run clubs both in London and Devon. His first teacher, Sensei David Currie, was a student of one of the greatest of all Aikido teachers, Koichi Tohei (10th dan). Huw has also studied with Tohei Sensei. In addition, Huw has studied the Iwama Aikido weapons syllabus as taught by Saito Sensei.
The Hartland Aikido Club welcomes both beginners and experienced aikido students (in any aikido style). We also welcome students of other martial arts who would like to expand their skills by studying the principles of aikido. Aikido may be practised by women and men. The Hartland Aikido Club accepts students from the age of 18 upwards. There is no upper age limit.