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Welcome to Fakenham Aikido Dojo

"We Respect the Past,
Question the Present
and Build for the Future"

Formed in 1994 by Sensei Dr Malcolm Walder 5th Dan, Fakenham Aikido Club studies and practises traditional aikido as taught by the Founder, Morihei Ueshiba.

So, what is Aikido? Literally the word translates as 'The Way of Harmony'. ln fact it is a very refined martial art that is highly aerobic in nature. So, whatever the reason behind your practice whether it be self-defence, keep fit, to get away from the TV or just to keep a friend company, one thing you can be sure of is that it will change as you increase your knowledge and skill.

Aikido does not rely upon physical strength but instead the mechanics of body movement to control an opponent, so regardless of physical build, age or sex, it is equally effective. Once the foundations are laid, your aikido will build and develop. lt is in fact a series of simple, natural moves, the combination of which can be extended into countless variations and limitless potential. However, do not expect to be able to use Aikido to defend yourself after a few lessons. This requires a great deal of practise. lnstead think of Aikido as a way of mental and physical development but most of all have fun and enjoy your practice.

Aikido is a powerful, full contact martial art considered worthy of study and practise by most of the Special Services around the world. However, it is important to emphasise that it is essentially non violent but instead encourages harmony and the avoidance of confrontation within and beyond the dojo into everyday life. lt teaches neutralisation not destruction. However, it retains the choice to the practitioner, depending on the situation.

In addition to mastering new skills, from a physical point of view Aikido students (Aikidoka) experience improvement in their general health, posture, coordination of movement and confidence.

As founder members of Shobu Aikido UK we are an integral part of a much wider community of like minded clubs and dojos. From time to time we visit them to attend their seminar classes and they in turn visit us. Once a year we all meet up at the Summer School and as we are also members of the Takemasu European Aikido Federation, we enjoy practising with some of the top visiting instructors from mainland Europe.

We are also members of the British Aikido Board (BAB) governing body, and our instructors hold BAB coaching licences and insurance.

Fakenham Aikido Club is a member of Shobu Aikido UK