ABOUT THE CLUB & TYPE OF TRAINING
This Coventry H/O dojo has been the hub of over 45 years of training in the Martial Art of
Aikido and Budo. This club was started by Master Pat Stratford (8th Dan) and handed onto his students Dr Furrukh Aslam and Tariq Aslam to continue learning, adapting and imparting knowledge and skill.
Aikido helps people by the way of empowering and being expressive. It is powerful and can be effective as a self defence, however, allows one to develop calmness and an inner peace.
AIKICOMBAT - Combat / Self - Defence
If you have seen Aikido before or are a practitioner, be prepared for a big surprise. We have lifted the boundaries of traditional Aikido and teach a very effective method of self defence, you need to be open minded to this. The world is changing the availability of information and the access to fighting styles is easier and more prevalent, moral boundaries have deteriorated and the level of skill of those that would do us harm has increased.
The Art form has to evolve, change and adapt to dealing with this new level of threat, this is where Combat Aiki or self-defence comes into effect.
SMALL CIRCLE AIKIDO - Traditional / Contemporary Aikido -
We realise people like different aspects of a Martial Art and so we continue to teach a more traditional form of Aikido, however, it is also at the same time quite contemporary and has been adapted and changed to serve the context of this ever changing and challenging environment. Techniques are shorter, smaller , more efficient and thereby more effective. A continuation of the style of Aikido Master Pat Stratford started. We work on the principles of Small Circle Aikido.
We also teach sword work, a combination of various styles though rooted in Kashima Shinryu. Also expect to practise Jo (stick) and knife work (defence against). Expect to learn basic yoga and breathing techniques for that calmness of the mind and spirit.
Ethos / Philosophy
We train with every type of person, gender, ethnicity and background. We create an environment that is conducive for learning and builds upon a community of practitioners that share knowledge. Everyone is welcome. Come see us, chat with us, train with us and see if this is for you.
FIRST SESSION IS FREE FOR YOU TO EXPLORE
Dr Furrukh Aslam, 6th Dan
Tariq Aslam, 6th Dan
Mick Hammond, 5th Dan
Richard Mulchahy, 6th Dan