Wednesday 7 June 2017

Aikido in Holsworthy, Bucks Cross and Bideford

You can now study free-hand Aikido and weapons in our three North Devon Clubs. If you are really keen, that gives you the opportunity to study aikido four times a week. The two principal teachers are Huw Collingbourne (the Bucks Cross and Holsworthy clubs) and Richard Small (Bideford Aiki-jo).

Huw began Aikido in the early 1980s and has taught since the early ‘90s. He studied mainly with Sensei David Currie in the tradition of the great teacher, Koichi Tohei. Richard began his Aikido journey way back in the 1970s and has studied mainly in the Iwama tradition of Morihiro Saito.

It is very unusual for two teachers from such different traditions of Aikido to work together and we feel that, by combining our knowledge,  we are able to provide students with an unusually deep and broad overview of the arts of Aikido.

I’d once again like to emphasise that at all three clubs – Holsworthy, Bideford and Bucks Cross – students are welcome from all styles of aikido. Ki, Aikikai, Tomiki, Yoshinkan, Iwama – whatever your style, if you are happy to practise with us, we are happy to practise with you. Even if you currently practise with another club or organisation, that is no barrier. You will be very welcome to extend your experience of aikido by practising at our clubs as well. Naturally, we also welcome complete beginners and will take the time needed to explain everything from the ground up to newcomers to the art.

  • The Bucks Cross Club meets every Monday and Thursday (with the exception of the first Monday of each month) between 7:30 and 9:30.
  • The Holsworthy Club meets every Tuesday between 7:30 and 9:00.
  • Bideford Aiki-jo meets every Wednesday between 7:00 and 9:00.
For details of the Bucks Cross and Holsworthy Clubs, see the Club Info page.

More details of the Bideford club can be found on the Bideford Aiki-jo site.

(Above, one of the Iwama jo katas which are studied at all three clubs)

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