Welcome to the oldest Aikido Club in Wales. Cardiff Aikikai is one of the oldest Aikido clubs in the UK and
was founded in Cardiff in 1968 under the watchful eye of Chiba Sensei. To this day the aikido club enjoys a
strong and enthusiastic following and welcomes new members wishing to study this martial art.

Aikido, a nonviolent martial art, which provides excellent mind and body conditioning which enables a person under
attack to assume control of their situation. A beautiful and enlivening art, Aikido is a philosophy with physical expression.
The unification of mind, body, and spirit creates a clarity and calmness which transfers to daily life.
Through self development and as a means of self-defence.

What is Aikido?

Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba (known as O Sensei, see photo) in Japan between about 1920 and 1940. The name "Aikido", meaning "way of harmony with inner energy" was given to the art by him in 1942. Master Ueshiba (pronounced "oo-eh-shiba") was born in 1883 in a Japan which had not fully emerged into the modern world and where many of the martial arts were still taught by masters in the old tradition. In his early manhood he mastered several martial arts including swordsmanship and various forms of unarmed self defence. At the same time he developed into a deeply religious person and envisaged a new system of 'budo' (lit: the way of the warrior) which would provide a basis for both physical and spiritual development. This he named 'Aikido': the way (do) of harmonising (ai) the spirit (ki). By 'ki' is meant the creative life-spirit of the universe: one's own life-energy. "True budo is the way of great harmony and great love for all beings" wrote Ueshiba. That he meant Aikido to be much more than a method of self-defence is conveyed in his words: "I want considerate people to listen to the voice of Aikido. It is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind".
The principles of Aikido... Aikido is a weaponless system designed soley for self-defence. It is essentially non-violent and, as conceived by its creator, non-competitive. Force is never opposed by force. By means of circular movement an attacker's force is diverted and turned back upon him. A variety of techniques may be applied to the attacker's arm joints; but although these can be extremely painful and induce immediate submission, they are not aimed at causing injury. Thus it is perhaps the most subtle and graceful of the various martial arts. Since Aikido techniques do not call for physical strength or aggressive spirit, it is practised by people off all ages or physical make-up, by women just as well as by men.
The benefits of practising Aikido... Since Aikido is based on full and natural body movement, it exercises every limb and joint of the body. Flexibility, muscle tone, coordination and quick reactions are all developed. It does not demand unnatural body-building preparation, but is an absorbing way to keep fit along natural lines and within a framework of aesthetic movement. As we get older we lose the flexibility of out joints at an alarming rate. Aikido is an excellent way of restoring and preserving a supple healthy body. Moreover, there should be enough expenditure of energy in an Aikido practice to stimulate the heart and give it plenty of exercise. Aikido is essentially a method of self-defence so that through regular practice one will aquire a sound basis of agile movement and speed of reaction which should prove useful if the occasion ever demanded it in real life. In common with other Oriental philosophies (and indeed with modern science) Aikido teaches that there is no real separation between that which is body and that which is mind. In subjecting our bodies to the precise dicipline of Aikido we may eventually influence our minds for the good: creating an inner calm and balance that may be carried into our daily lives, helping us to become better and more effective people.
The Aikikai Foundation Founded in 1948 for the purpose of spreading the teaching of the Founder throughout the world, the Aikikai Foundation, with its headquarters at Hombu Dojo, Tokyo , is the guiding body of orthodox Aikido. It is represented in some fifty countries. The head of the Hombu Dojo is Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, the son of Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei. He assumed this roll on January 18th, 1999.








Class Times:
Tuesday 7.00 - 9.00pm.

Friday 7.00 - 9.00pm.

Aikido is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
Your first class is free. we look forward to meeting you!








Dojo Location

The Dojo can be found at:
Cardiff Aikikai, Cardiff Martial Arts Academy,
Unit 4, 24 Norbury Rd, Cardiff, CF5 3AU.
Close to St Fagans Road, main bus routes and Waun-gon Park train station.
Directions to our Dojo - Google Maps

contact Cardiff Aikikai for more information.