About Notting Hill Aikido
Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art developed by Morehei Ueshiba (O Sensei) in the early 20th century. Often described as a martial art of refinement and astonishing power, Aikido arose out of O Sensei’s quest for harmony and peace – a dramatic distinction from the goal of destruction and defeat associated with other martial arts.
Students of Aikido learn how to confront force by accepting it and redirecting it. Students also learn to protect themselves by practicing how to move and fall safely.
There are no competitions in Aikido. Practice relies upon co-operation and respect between students regardless of age, size, strength or experience.
At Notting Hill Aikikai, we teach traditional Aikido in a safe and friendly environment that encourages its members to delve as deeply into themselves and the art as they are willing.
We recognise that Aikido can be many things to many people ranging from an engaging physical activity to a more integrated way of life. Whatever the goal, with an open mind and consistent training, students will improve their physical and mental conditioning and acquire a powerful and effective system of self-defence.
And chances are - they will have a very good time doing it.
Call to arrange a free trial class.
All are welcome.
Sensei Anthea has been practicing martial arts for over 30 years. She currently holds the rank of 4th degree black belt (dan) in Aikido, 1st dan in Iaido (the art of Japanese swordsmanship), and 1st dan in Karate-do.
She is a certified instructor (shidoin) and is registered with the United States Aikido Federation.
Anthea has had the benefit of training under many master teachers and highly ranked instructors in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Japan.
She continues her Aikido training under the guidance of her first teacher and main source of inspiration shihan Collins Smith, 6th dan, of Bermuda Aikikai, and her life training under the watchful eyes of her three children.