Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido is a Japanese martial art created in the first half of the twentieth century by Morihei Ueshiba. It combines elements of classical jujutsu with concepts of movement and body management derived from sword fighting, and was in part framed by Ueshiba’s own spiritual beliefs.

Aikido contains a syllabus of throws and joint-locks which can be adapted to a wide variety of situations. Much of aikido’s technical focus is on the achievement of relaxed, unstoppable power, derived from the development of internal connections within the body. The individual techniques serve to train the body to respond appropriately in a martial context.

Because aikido is studied and practised in a co-operative environment, it is suitable for people of virtually any age or level of fitness. However, if you have any concerns about your ability to practice, please feel free to contact us in advance.

Bristol North Aikido Dojo

Bristol North Aikido Dojo

We practice a traditional form of aikido handed down by Nobuyoshi Tamura (a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba) and his students Pierre Chassang and Michael Narey. The dojo is a member of the National Aikido Federation, founded by Tamura, Chassang and Narey, and is registered with the British Aikido Board, the UK’s governing body for Aikido. All our instructors are certified to at least Coaching Level 1 by the BAB.

For more information, please download our Welcome Pack.

Bristol North Aikido Dojo is also associated with the Sangenkai, a group of practitioners from a variety of disciplines who study the internal power bodywork system taught by Dan Harden.


The Cameron Centre
Cameron Walk


By car:

From the M32, take the exit at Junction 2 towards Horfield, and travel up Muller Road. After the brow of the hill, turn right at the traffic lights onto Stapleton Road. Continue along Stapleton Road until it becomes Romney Avenue, and when you reach St James’ Church (with its distinctive diamond-shaped window) turn left onto Cameron Walk and park on Gainsborough Square. The dojo is located in the Cameron Centre, which is to the immediate left as you enter Cameron Walk from Romney Avenue.

By bus:

The First Bus services 24, 72 and 72a all stop on Gainsborough Square, adjacent to the Cameron Centre.


Daren Sims (07941 257940 / 0117 9429104), or [email protected] for further details.

New students always welcome!