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Welcome to Go Shin Kai

Go Shin Kai means the House of Harmonious Spirit and the Association has been created through the amalgamation of five founding Clubs.  These clubs range in size and geographical location throughout the United Kingdom.  


The founding clubs are Bloomsbury Aikido Club, Gloucester Aikido Club, Kidderminster Aikido Club  and Zanshin-Kai Aikido Club, with Asoryu Aikido, University College London (UCL) Aikido Club and  Aikido Kami Cotswolds added to these.


The primary aim of this Association is to bring together like-minded dojos, clubs and clusters of clubs
under a common set of Aikido Teaching and Constitutional Principles that reflect the underlying principles of Aiki (Harmony) and of Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo (Hombu). 


The late Shihan T. K. Chiba and the late Shihan William Smith MBE were primary influences for all of the founding members of the Association and their teachings of the Aikido art, Aiki Ken (bokken) and Aiki Jo are kept alive by the teachers who are also following the teachings of present day instructors from Hombu Dojo.

Go Shin Kai is Fully Recognised by the Aikikai Foundation, the Founder's Dojo in Japan, which means all grades awarded by the club and Go Shin Kai are recognised and respected worldwide. 


Go Shin Kai is a member of the British Aikido Board (BAB) which is recognised by Sport England as the governing body for Aikido in the United Kingdom. The BAB ensures all our clubs and teachers follow the correct legal guidance and recognised good practices for teaching and safegurading.

We welcome clubs and students from all walks of life no matter your gender, sexuality, race, religion, nationality or ethnicity.

We have experienced, highly-qualified and dedicated teachers that respect the legacy of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei) and his direct students.

We practise all aspects of Aikido, including weapons Aiki Ken (wooden Japanese sword) and Aiki Jo (wooden staff) that are integral to empty-handed Aikido techniques.

"When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way".

Morihei Ueshiba


Here are some examples of our members practicing in the various club venues and courses:

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