The martial art


A complete system of self-defence

The Construction

Aikido is a modern martial art (gendai budō) developed in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba, known as Ō-Sensei meaning “great teacher”. The art that uses throws, locks and pins as its principal movements.


Ai, meaning “joining” or “harmonising”


Ki, meaning “breath”, or “energy”


Dō, meaning “way” or “path”


Many students have been moved by their experience in Aikido and at Ei Mei Kan over the many years of the dojo's existence, and have produced articles to share their understanding and experience. Please click here if you would like to read them.


The classes start with warm up using various stretching and conditioning exercises. We strength the core so that the body can be ready to recieve a technqique as well as deliver one efficently. Our focus is in promoting good health and ensuring enjoyable lifelong practice.

Body Art

Unarmed (empty hand) training is the main form of training at Ei Mei Kan. Beginners start by learning the basic body movements in both solo and partner practice; they are introduced to the art of ukemi, which includes falling safely, but more importantly allows the absorption of one's partner’s motion with the whole of one’s body, thus preventing damage and injury.


Bokken - Many Aikido movements come from the use of the Japanese sword. The bokken is a wooden sword of the same shape as a katana, and solo and partner practice with the bokken is an integral part of the Aikido curriculum.

Jo - Another part of the currculum is training in the use of the jo, a 4-foot long wooden staff. As with the bokken, jo movements are present within Aikido body art. Jo movements are practiced both solo and as partner exercises.


Zazen is literally, and simply, “seated meditation”. It is the simple practice of sitting still and practising mindfulness: just like Aikido itself, it is a means of enhancing the spirit and studying one’s self. For this reason, Zazen practice is a pursuit that complements one’s Aikido practice. Ei Mei Kan sometimes hosts or participate in retreats for zazen known as sesshin, which can last between one and eight days.

Iai Battō Hō

This is the traditional art of drawing, cutting with, and resheathing the Japanese sword. In contrast to the partner practice of Aikido, Iai Battō Hō consists mostly of the careful study of solo forms, or kata. In much the same way as Zazen supports Aikido practice, Iai Battō Hō is a practice separate from, but complementary to, Aikido.


The founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba - O'Sensei - once wrote "The purpose of Aikido is to train both body and mind and to develop a person's sincerity." To work effectively in martial arts we must repsect eachother, but this repsect quickly develops into a respect of all things. Therfore Aikido has an ettiquette which must be upheld, it is often confusing for beginners, but becomes natural over time.