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Aikido: Martial Arts Training

White Oak Aikido, Reading

Run by: White Oak Aikido

Aikido is a non-competitive martial art, teaching the efficient use of the body to maximise its power with fitness, suppleness, good posture and co-ordination all being developed through training.


Suitable for 18+

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Your taster session will start with a formal bow, followed by gentle warm up exercises and a series of basic movements, which improve posture and co-ordination, and teach you how to receive techniques safely. The main part of your session will involve practising a series of basic Aikido techniques with an experienced student. The techniques are broken down into easily learned components to make them quicker to pick up and easier to understand; the instructors are always on hand to offer assistance and answer any questions.

Other Dates

This activity also runs on these dates:

  1. Sun 10 May 16:30–18:30
  2. Wed 13 May 19:30–21:00
  3. Sun 17 May 16:30–18:30
  4. Wed 20 May 19:30–21:00
  5. Sun 24 May 16:30–18:30
  6. Wed 27 May 19:30–21:00
  7. Sun 31 May 16:30–18:30
  8. Wed 3 Jun 19:30–21:00
  9. Sun 7 Jun 16:30–18:30
  10. Wed 10 Jun 19:30–21:00
  11. Sun 14 Jun 16:30–18:30
  12. Wed 17 Jun 19:30–21:00
  13. Sun 21 Jun 16:30–18:30
  14. Wed 24 Jun 19:30–21:00
  15. Sun 28 Jun 16:30–18:30


The first session is free of charge.

Difficulty level

Taster Session

Special requirements

Please wear loose clothing that you find easy to move in, e.g. tracksuit trousers and t-shirt.

You must be over 18.


White Oak Aikido is a member of the Institute of Aikido, which was established in 1973 and is a founder member of the British Aikido Board (BAB), which is recognised by Sport England as the only Governing Body for Aikido in this country. You will be joining a group that has been running in Reading since 1969. All the instructors hold the BAB Coaching Award Level 1 and are qualified in First Aid. The senior instructor is a 6th dan who has been training in Aikido since 1980, teaching Aikido since 1985, and holds the BAB Coaching Award Level 3.


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White Oak Aikido

YMCA, Parkside Road, Reading, RG30 2DD


This activity is organised and run by White Oak Aikido.


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