noun: aikido - a Japanese form of self-defence and martial art that uses locks, holds, throws, and the opponent's own movements.
Aikido is one of the most effective forms of self-defence taught today, come and see for yourself.
Formed in 1988 under the direction of Malcolm Saunders, the Society has grown rapidly in an area already well served by other styles of Aikido. Teaching within the WAS seeks to build upon, and develop, principles
of co-ordination of mind and body. The style is based essentially, upon principles of Ki development.
Basic techniques, both hand to hand and with weapons, are taught within a traditional framework, but throughout, the teaching emphasizes the attainment of harmony between partners and movement with both co-ordination and relaxation.
Our style concentrated on the coordination of Mind & Body, first, in relation to the individual, then to the application of these principles to dealing with the
coordination of others.
This is done through exercises designed to improve both posture and relaxation both when standing still and in movement. Further exercises, with a partner, follow more traditional forms of attack (hand to hand and with weapons) and defences against them - each linked to our ideas of coordination.
If you are considering joining one of our clubs we would be grateful if you could take the time to download and complete our Membership Form. This form should then be handed to your instructor prior to your first lesson.
Our child welfare officer is Mark Wilton. Mark is a second Dan and a qualified coach. He also holds a number of BAB teaching qualifications. To contact Mark please phone: 07515 167657
All of our instructors hold the relevant British Aikido Board coaching certificate. They also hold the necessary insurance to teach their relevant classes. All instructors of childrens classes have the necessary Criminal Records Bureau certificates. The WAS has a child protection officer and also a child welfare officer. You can contact either of these through our contact form.
Head of the WAS
2nd Dan (CWO)
Sensei Saunders adventure with Aikido began in the early 60’s when the senior grade in the Rhondda at that time was a 1st Kyu. Later, in a local Adult Education Centre,
Sensei Saunders was taught by a Dan grade who came up from Cardiff, Mr Hywel Jenkins.
As a result, some of the class attended a Summer School, given by Sensei Williams. Sensei Williams saw the strength of commitment in Rhondda and eventually set up his own Dojo there. He built up a strong organisation, eventually containing many Dan Grades of excellent calibre, a testament to the quality of his teaching. When Sensei Williams placed himself with Master Koichi Tohei, those who stayed with him had the advantage of a completely new approach to Aikido.
The resulting change of emphasis was not to everyone’s taste but, for the first time, Sensei Saunders began to understand what he had been striving for. Both Sensei Williams’ unequivocal support for Ki Aikido and Sensei Saunders first hand contact with Master Tohei in the late 70’s made him realise the way that he has followed ever since.
Sadly, schisms abound in Aikido, despite the high ideals of the Founder, and in the late 80’s Sensei Saunders found himself at the Head of what was to become the Welsh Aikido Society. It had never been his intention to be at the head of anything other than his business interests – the quotation regarding those who have …” greatness thrust upon them” is particularly appropriate in his case.
However Sensei Saunders continues to develop his own Aikido and gain great satisfaction from seeing the advances in his own students.
“A good all round workout with the chance to learn a challenging and rewarding form of self defence”
“There's plenty of encouragement at the club, with senior grades always willing to help your progression”
“Despite being the youngest member of the senior club, the nature of aikido allows me to practice without using pyhsical strength, redirecting an attackers momentum, not hitting it straight on”
Congratulations to Kali, Ashton, Zack, Caden, Joshua, Jack, Joe, India & Gabe who all successfully passed their first Red stripe at our Gilfach Goch club. Your performance on the night showed just how much work you had put in prior to the grading. You should all be very proud of yourselves! Keep up the good work!!!
The club can confirm the return of the senior kyu grade/dan grade class which will be held at the Gilfach Goch Community Centre, every last Friday of the month between 19:30 and 20:30. The class, taught by Sensei Phil Palmer, is aimed towards students who’s next grading will be 1st kyu or dan grade (i.e. blue belt and above), and will concentrate on grading syllabi, in particular weapons, kata and techniques.
We are pleased to announce a new children’s class at our Gilfach Goch club. The class, taught by Sensei Steff Roberts, is held every Monday night, between 19:00 and 20:00, at the Gilfach Goch Community Centre, and is suitable for children aged between 6 and 13. In the first few opening weeks we have had a very good turnout, and we hope that the class continues to grow, and be successful.