Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please find below the most common answers and questions that we have been asked in the past. If you have a question that is not below please contact us and we'll be happy to help. You can contact Andy or Anita on (01264) 336404 (evenings only please) or by sending an email to info@testvalleyaikido.co.uk

Aikido looks interesting, can you tell me more about it?

Yes, of course. Aikido is quite a modern martial art, developed mainly from the martial art aiki-jūjutsu by Morihei Ueshiba, a vastly experienced Japanese martial artist who died in 1969. His goal was to create an art that not only allows someone to defend themselves, but also to protect their attacker from injury. Aikido does not use punching and kicking, neither does it use head on opposition to an attack. Instead, Aikido blends with the motion of the attacker and redirects the attack, therefore needing very little strength, and typically the movements are finished off with a throw or an immobilization.

Will I be able to practice Aikido even if I'm not very fit?

Yes, absolutely. Aikido is an art that can be practiced by almost anybody, no matter your size or level of fitness, as the speed of the practice can be adjusted to suit the student. However, if you have any concerns then please don't hesitate to either contact or come along and see us.

What are the benefits of Aikido?

At it's most basic level, aikido is a form of exercise, so as you progress through the grades your fitness level will increase. But, in addition to this, aikido has many other benefits which will come from practicing in every class positivity, relaxation, calmness and working with your partner on the mat, all of which can have a powerful effect on every student.

Who will be teaching me?

Andy - Test Valley Aikido

The club teacher is Andy Devereux-Cooke. Andy has been practicing Aikido since 1995 and was awarded Black Belt, 4th Dan in 2011. He has also held the British Aikido Board's Coach Level One qualification since 2004 and has been teaching since 2005. He was initially attracted to Aikido due to "the no kicking and punching aspect, the fact I could learn to defend myself without running the risk of being clouted over the head in my first class was quite appealing" and has continued studying Aikido because "there is always something to improve, there is always another level to aim at in my own practice".

How much will it cost?

Your first class will be free, this allows you to give it a go at our expense, you only have to put in your time. Following this the cost of each class is £8 and annual membership, which includes insurance cover, is £36 - this would need to be paid for after your third class with us. An aikido 'suit' or gi, would also be needed to continue practicing in, these are available from the club at £30 to £40, although if you already own one from having practiced a martial art previously then please feel free to wear that.

Are there certain rules or etiquette that I have to remember when I'm practicing Aikido?

Yes, but not much and you'll pick it up very easily as you continue to attend classes.

Is the club part of a larger organisation?

Yes, we are part of the Aikido for Daily Life (ADL) association, which enjoys a flat structure and an open minded attitude to the differing styles of Aikido available. Through ADL, we are part of the British Aikido Board, which is the officially recognised governing body for Aikido in this country.