No Children’s Class 22nd October

There will be no children’s class next week on the 22nd October as I am away on a seminar with Doshu Yoshigsaski. 

The adult classes on Tuesday and Thursday will continue as usual and we will return to a full schedule next week.



Rayners Lane Club moving

hmacAfter nearly ten years at the Harrow club, we have unfortunately been forced to move due to the building being sold. I would like to say than you to the Harrow Martial Arts Centre for being our patrons and for the use of their facilities.

We have relocated to the Queenmead Sports Centre in Ruislip where the class will continue to run on a Thursday but will now be from 7:30pm-9:30pm. We will be starting at the new venue from the 12th October. More details can be found here.queensmead


Children’s Class now 90 Minutes

We are extending the Children’s class, that is practised on Sunday to 90 minutes. The class will now run from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

This will allow us to cover more of our syllabus which includes

And of course, we’ll have more time for Aiki Games, which are a range of activities where the children learn about cooperation.

Here a post where I wrote about why Aikido is good for kids.


zagrebI have just come back from a seminar in Zagreb. The generosity and hospitality of the Croatians, which was characteristically welcoming, made for a great weekend both on and off the mat.

Congratulations to all those who did their gradings that weekend.

Hopefully see everyone again soon.

House of Aikido in Zagreb

During the summer seminar last year in Croatia, we started to discuss the possibility of Shihan Burgess teaching a seminar at the Aikido društvo Zagreb.  This finally reached fruition last month when he taught in Zagreb over the weekend 15-16 April.

The dojo itself was in need of a lot of restoration work when it was first rented from the City of Zagreb in 2013 with no no electricity, plumbing or water.  Located next to Zagreb central station, within the confines of a Steam Mill complex, it is a monument of Zagreb’s industrial past, built at the beginning of the 20th century.


Through the endeavours of the club members, volunteering their time and effort, the building is being carefully restored. Today, they have produced a beautiful and peaceful place to practice.



The seminar was well received over the weekend.  Similarly, well received by our instructors who accompanied Shihan Burgess for the weekend, was the kind hospitality of the club and the city.

Here are some photographs from the seminar which give an indication of the enthusiasm of the practise over the weekend.

Aikido društvo Zagreb will be hosting one of the summer seminar given by Doshu Yoshigasaki this summer at Baske Ostarije,Velebit. More details can be found here.