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No junior or adult Aikido classes on Wednesday 14th November 2018 due to the AGM at the hall.
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Our Next Beginners Aikido Course

London Aikido Dojo - Beginners Aikido Course (10 weeks)

Starting on Saturday 12th January 2019 at Canada Water Dojo.

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Cost: £90 discounted to £70 if pre-booked and deposit paid & also includes insurance & membership

Places are limited so please book early.

Contact Tony on 07956 313144 or email Tony Evangelou

Note: When you enrol on our beginner courses you also get access to all our other classes throughout the week for no extra cost.

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Our Next Beginners Aikido Course
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Beginners Aikido Course

London Aikido Dojo - Beginners Aikido Course (10 weeks)

Starting on Thursday 6th September 2018 at Canada Water Dojo.

Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Cost: £90 discounted to £70 if pre-booked and deposit paid & also includes insurance & membership

Places are limited so please book early.

Contact Tony on 07956 313144 or email Tony Evangelou

Note: When you enrol on our beginner courses you also get access to all our other classes throughout the week for no extra cost.

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Beginners Aikido Course
Saturday 24th November
Club Grading - November

Our next club grading will be held on Saturday 24th November 2018.

Time:
1pm to 5pm

Venue:
Silverlock Tenants Hall
Warndon Street
London
SE16 2SB

Kyu Grade Syllabus
Club Grading - November
Welcome back Simon
Simon is back on the mat after his round the world boat trip... It's great to have him teaching again on Thursdays evenings.
Welcome back Simon
Sunday morning venue
Tokei Martial Arts Centre
Please be aware of the scaffolding as you enter to Tokei Martial Arts Centre on Sunday mornings.
Tokei Martial Arts Centre
No Aikido - Bank Holiday Weekend

No Aikido class on Sunday 26th August & Monday 27th August 2018 due to the Bank Holiday Weekend.

All other classes are running normally as per the schedule.

No Aikido - Bank Holiday Weekend
8th August 2018
Tuesday night late class
The late class on Tuesday evening has reopened after a short break. Looking forward to rebuilding the class. See you all at 8:30pm this Tuesday
Tuesday night late class
No Aikido class on Saturday 4th August 2018
No Aikido class on Saturday 4th August 2018
No Aikido class on Saturday 4th August 2018 due to the hall being used for the Silverlock Fun Day 2018.
No Aikido class on Saturday 4th August 2018
Monday, 29 April 2013 21:35

Rotherhithe, Sensei Tony Evangelou, Kikusui Kai Aikido, British Aikido Association by Chris Cousins

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I visited Rotherhithe Dojo, and having practised here many times before, I hoped to have a pretty good idea was what I was in for. Firstly, Sensei Tony Evangelou has an immediate presence, very likable, and it is evident he enjoys his aikido. This is certainly shown via by the students, in their attitudes too. Also I know Sensei Tony runs a children's class too, where they seem to have a lot of fun. (It was at such a class when I suffered my worst injury in Aikido, not falling awkwardly from a Kotegaeshi flip, or badly avoiding a jo attack, but when being chased by a boy who was 'it', during Bulldog, and falling off the mat and twisting my ankle.)

Practicing techniques, there is a noticeable difference without the Ki emphasis found outside Tomiki Aikido. I cannot presume to be in a position to say one style is better than another, but I did find it hard to adjust.

I particularly like what was taught on balance. Sensei Tony's style of movement seems very much solid, 'feet on floor', always keeping balance and appropriate distance. Infuriatingly, the more I concentrated on copying Sensei Tony, the worse my balance seem to get.

I found improvement when I worried Uke's balance than my own. After initial avoidance, the first part of techniques was really emphasising breaking of balance (reminding me of old judo days). I suppose to break Uke's balance, your own balance, posture and movement must be good. An excellent point I picked up, and have been trying to improve since, is during techniques, waiting for Uke's reactions, as you feign an atemi, wait until Uke's head moves backward in reaction before say drawing the movement back toward him. Using Uke's reactions has been shown in every style of aikido I have seen, but was really 'sank in' here, and combining this with the balance breaking I have found a few shortfalls in my techniques.

And to wrap up the session, what I guess we all like best, randori. Open practise at clubs different to your usual, and different styles too, is a great test of your Aikido. You are practising against those you have no pre-conceived notions, or experience. Particularly in different styles, Uke does not have that expectation of what your defence will be, resists in different ways, and may have unexpected counters.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Rotherhide Dojo, a very active session, plenty of randori, and a very relaxed atmosphere. Many thanks to Sensei Tony Evangelou, and look forward to training with him again.

Meridian Aikido Club - http://www.meridianaikido.org.uk

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