Okay, so what is the Aiki-Shin all about, and what
should I expect if I join or visit?
Probably the first thing that will strike you when
you visit the Aiki-Shin is that it is NOT what you expected!
And not in a bad way, I assure you. The atmosphere
here is calm and relaxed; yes, there is discipline and
structure, but there is much laughter & enjoyment
also. There are no secrets, no hidden agendas &
no dubious money making rackets (see the purpose of our organisation
below) ALL are welcome, (subject to minimum age 7 years,
for insurance reasons) either to practice, train or
simply to spectate!
Aikido which is one of the main arts taught
here, is one of the youngest and least well known Martial
Arts, it is often portrayed as a ‘gentle’ martial art,
but do not be confused! Unlike some others, the philosophy
of Aikido is that defence results in the attacker not
being injured too much because his attack is neutralised
without inflicting serious physical injury.
The Founder of the Aiki-Shin club, and the Aiki-Shin
itself is Master William (Billy)
Johnson, he is a 7th dan Black belt holder in Aiki Shin
Aikido, 7th Dan Jiu-Jitsu & 4th Dan Kempo Jiu-Jitsu.
2nd Dan Ko Budo (1990 Prof George Wilson)
Aiki Shin - The not-so-gentle art incorporating
Aiki-Jitsu and Jiu-Jitsu techniques, is
Master Johnson’s own system & is taught here alongside
other arts such as Ken Jitsu (Sword) and Tanto
Jitsu (knife) and much more.
Master Johnson’s Co-Founder is his late wife Sensei
Pauline Johnson. (see history)
The club has several Black belt instructors as pupils,
and these instructors, as well as Master Johnson
provide well over a hundred years of Martial Arts experience,
which you can draw from.
Master Johnson usually runs the Thursday class, and
often the Saturday class
The Saturday morning club is usually run by Sensei
Lee Hallard, a student of Master Johnson with 31 years
experience, although expect to see many other senior
& junior instructors, working with all levels of students.
There are no doubt many queries you have, especially
before committing yourself to formally joining the club.
We will attempt to answer the most commonly asked questions
here, however, if there is something else you wish to
know, please ask in person at the club, or e-mail us
for a quick response!
Remember that the most important person in our club
is you, - and others like you, so please don’t feel
that you are not important enough to ask a few questions!
Q: How much money will it cost me?
A: Your first, second, third & fourth lesson,
standard mat fee is payable. This varies but is shown
in the table below.
Q: What happens after the fourth lesson?
A: Your instructors licence & insurance covers
you for the first four lessons, but no longer if you
have not joined. You will therefore need your own licence
(which is also your insurance) after the fourth lesson.
The cost of this licence through the WAKO. is currently
£25.00 for seniors & £17.50 for juniors
(Different fees apply for Dan Grades) this is renewable
annually, & you must not allow it to lapse. This
is your responsibility.
Q: What is the WAKO?
A: World All Styles & Kickboxing Organisations. A governing body
to which the Aiki-Shin is affiliated.
Q: What about the uniform?
A: This is not as important as the licence, so don’t
worry if the cost is a problem. We do however sell official
club uniforms - we call it a Gi - and much other equipment,
again the cost is shown here on the web site.
Q: I already have a ‘Gi’ from elsewhere, can I use
this for the time being?
A: Yes, of course you can, but as soon as it wears
out, or when you can afford it, please buy yourself
an official club ‘Gi’ bearing our Club Logo embroidered
into the cloth.
Q: Do I have to buy anything else?
A: No, but if you wish there are all sorts of extra
badges & equipment available through the club. Some
of these are detailed here on the site, and if there
is anything you wish to purchase, just ask Sensei Lee
the club secretary, or Lynn Hindle. They will provide
you with a catalogue & order form. Gradings are
optional, however most students are keen to be graded
& promoted. The cost of gradings will always be
advised in advance, and the choice will be yours.
Q: Can I spectate whilst my child/husband/partner
A: Yes of course, the Aiki-Shin is family oriented,
all are welcome, on or off the mat.
Q: How do I find your club?
to find us