Sunday, 26 January 2020

FREE Aikido Classes: Thursday 6th & 13th of February


Whether you fancy learning a martial art or just want a fun way of getting fit, Aikido may be the answer. Don’t worry that it’s violent (it isn’t) or that you are too old or unfit (you aren’t). In fact, if you think martial arts are all about punching, kicking and competitions, you might be surprised to know that there are no punches and kicks in Aikido. We don’t have competitions either!

Aikido teaches the power of relaxation for self-defence. It can be as soft and gentle or as dynamic and vigorous as the individual student wants to make it. Aikido is suitable for both men and women and there is no upper age limit.

Huw Collingbourne, the teacher at the club in Bucks Cross, started learning Aikido in the early 1980s and ran an Aikido club in London in the 1990s. For the last eight years he has been teaching in North Devon. If you’d like to try Aikido, come along to the classes on Thursday 6th or 13th of February (7:30 to 9:30) at the Bucks Cross Village Hall (between Bideford and Hartland) to try a free lesson. The classes are for adults (18+). Go on, give it a go!

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Aikido in 2020

Please note that we will no longer have weekly Thursday classes in 2020. If you want to learn aikido, please contact me. I will only teach when I have a firm booking for a lesson. If you give me advance warning, I may be able to book the hall on various different days.

Friday, 6 December 2019

That's It For 2019!

The Hartland Aikido Club is taking a break during December. I'll post news when we start back again in 2020.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Does anyone in North Devon want to learn Aikido?

It is a great sadness to me that so few people have the interest or dedication to learn Aikido. This is a beautiful, powerful, elegant martial art. But it takes many years of sincere and hard study to make any progress. That fact, I think, deters people.

I have struggled for many years to encourage people to learn Aikido but very, very few people are sufficiently interested or motivated to take up this art. I can appreciate that people find it difficult to get to our venue in Bucks Cross. So here's an offer. If you would like to learn Aikido and you have a venue locally - maybe you already study some other martial art there - as long as it is within travelling distance, I am happy to come and teach one or more classes (no cost to you).

I've studied Aikido since 1983, my teacher was Sensei David Currie (7th dan), I've spent the last 8 years studying the Iwama weapons syllabus with Sensei Richard Small (4th dan). I've also studied at courses led by teachers in diverse Aikido styles including the great Koich Tohei (10th dan). I've been teaching Aikido since the late 1980s and have run clubs in London and in Devon. I would dearly like to pass on some of the knowledge and skill I've acquired over the years. All I ask is an open mind and a sincere desire to learn.

If you are interested, please use the contact page on this web site to get in touch.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

No Aikido 3rd October

The class at Bucks Cross is cancelled next Thursday (3rd October, 2019) due to work being done to the path leading to the Village Hall. We are back as usual next week!

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Aikido Cancelled (25th July)

Sadly, tonight's class is cancelled. I hope we'll be back as normal next week.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

No Aikido on 20th June

Sorry. There is no class this Thursday (June 20th, 2019). We are back as usual next week.