About Aikido

Literally translated as “the way of harmony”, Aikido is a Japanese martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), often referred to as 'O Sensei'. It has its origins in the many different styles of ancient Bujutsu studied by the founder in the years before 1939, and his spiritual awakening in mid-life.

Ueshiba’s work refined martial techniques - of which he was an acknowledged master - into his unique art, insisting that Budo is not a way to make war but, on the contrary, a way to end conflict. Aikido is a true Budo because of its moral and ethical imperatives and because, at its most profound level, the aim of the practitioner is mastery of the ego and the creation of a non-contentious spirit.

Even within the physical realm, what matters might not be what you would expect. It’s very nice to be young, strong, fit and agile, but you don’t need to be any of these things to practise Aikido or to be good at it.

You’ll find, for example, that in Aikido posture is more important than strength, and timing more important than speed, and these are the attributes you will develop through your practice.

Really, the only way to discover what Aikido is about and gain an insight into this fascinating martial art is to try it for yourself.

Morihei Ueshiba, known as O 'Sensei', the founder of Aikido

About our club

Aikido is an active and vibrant club within Cardiff University's Sports offering, providing students with an opportunity to study and explore one of the world's most fascinating martial arts in a safe and supportive environment.

We have a diverse student base across all levels of experience, from novice to intermediate grades, including several fully qualified student instructors, who provide support and direction throughout all of our classes.

Sensei David Dimmick, 4th Dan - Aikikai Japan, is our principle instructor. He began teaching Aikido in 1994 and has been the head coach at Cardiff University Aikido Club for over 20 years. A registered member of the British Aikido Board, 'Dave sensei' has often been invited as a guest instructor at their UK National Courses. He is also co-founder and Dojo Cho of the Fudoshin Aikido Association.

In addition to our twice weekly classes, we regularly organise local weekend seminars with visiting international instructors, allowing students the opportunity to practice with and learn from some of the finest instructors in Europe. You can find out more about these seminars on our Events page.

We are a friendly and inclusive club and always welcome new members, whatever your background and level of experience.

You will be given expert instruction from your first class, and encouraged to practice aikido within your own safe limits and at a pace that is comfortable to you.

Freshers enjoying a Give It A Go session
Sensei Dave demonstrating a standing arm pin