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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 starts with 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. Thu 15 Oct 19:30–21:00
  2. Sun 18 Oct 16:30–18:30
  3. Wed 21 Oct 19:30–21:00
  4. Thu 22 Oct 19:30–21:00
  5. Sun 25 Oct 16:30–18:30
  6. Wed 28 Oct 19:30–21:00
  7. Thu 29 Oct 19:30–21:00
  8. Sun 1 Nov 16:30–18:30
  9. Wed 4 Nov 19:30–21:00
  10. Thu 5 Nov 19:30–21:00
  11. Sun 8 Nov 16:30–18:30
  12. Wed 11 Nov 19:30–21:00
  13. Thu 12 Nov 19:30–21:00
  14. Sun 15 Nov 16:30–18:30
  15. Wed 18 Nov 19:30–21:00
  16. Thu 19 Nov 19:30–21:00
  17. Sun 22 Nov 16:30–18:30
  18. Wed 25 Nov 19:30–21:00
  19. Thu 26 Nov 19:30–21:00
  20. Wed 2 Dec 19:30–21:00
  21. Thu 3 Dec 19:30–21:00
  22. Sun 6 Dec 16:30–18:30
  23. Wed 9 Dec 19:30–21:00
  24. Thu 10 Dec 19:30–21:00
  25. Sun 13 Dec 16:30–18:30
  26. Wed 16 Dec 19:30–21:00
  27. Thu 17 Dec 19:30–21:00
  28. Sun 20 Dec 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.


The British Aikido Board (BAB): recognised by Sport England as the Governing Body for Aikido in this country.

We have been training people in Aikido in Reading since 1969. All the instructors hold the British Aikido Board Coaching Award Level 1 as a minimum 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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