Kai Shin Kai - Aikido Association - Pinner Aikido Club London


Kai Shin Kai is a traditional school of Aikido registered with the British Aikido Board and has Hombu Dojo affiliation membership.

The organisation has twenty-four member clubs; twenty are spread throughout Britain, two in Northern Italy, Aosta, and two in the United States – in Tampa, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

As there are many schools of Aikido, Kai Shin Kai has an open heart, open mind, open school policy to encompass these styles within the organisation allowing each club its own autonomy but asking that they adhere to recognised standards when entering into gradings for Ikkyu and above. Senior gradings are held once a year in April for all Ikkyu and Dan grade students.


Kai Shin Kai - (Open heart, open mind) - was founded in the 1970's by Sensei Mike Smith. Mike Smith studied under Sensei Tony Thielemans (Yama Arashi Brussels) and was conferred to a rank of Nidan. He eventually split from “Yama Arashi” and formed the Kai Shin Kai.

Shortly thereafter, Mike affiliated KSK to the British Aikido Association as a traditional group autonomous to, but working closely with the Tomiki-Kai. The BAA is recognised by the Japan Aikido Association - which later ratified future Dan promotions within the Kai Shin Kai.

In 1994 the KSK left the BAA to establish itself as a separate school recognised by the BAB (British Aikido Board). Mike Smith resigned from the KSK in December 2002 to reform his own group within the BAA.


KSK practices traditional Aikido in the manner of Hombu Dojo (Tokyo), where senior Shihan all have distinctive styles but nevertheless all follow the path of starting as a triangle, moving as a circle and finishing as a square (posture, movement and stability). That is, the Kai Shin Kai recognises that there are many ways of expressing both basic and advanced Aikido, none being incorrect as long as the tenets of Aikido as taught by O-Sensei are followed.


  • Chairman/ Deputy Chief Instructor: N. Vaughan
  • Chief Instructor/ Examiner: W. Harris
  • Treasurer/ Technical Advisor: V. Sumpter
  • Registrar: P. Griffin
  • Child Protection Officer: D. Taylor
  • Coaching Officers: M. Tyas & B. Horsler
  • Coach Liaison Officer: M. Tyas
  • Webmaster: B. Salloway

Senior instructors

W.Harris, (Shichidan), V. Sumpter (Rokudan), N Vaughan (Godan), C. Hargreaves (Godan), S. Lindsey (Godan), R. Chandler (Godan), S. Souch (Godan)

Italy (Aosta):
R. Foti (Godan), A. Tonelli (Yondan) - [Yomishintai KSK]

D. Brown (Godan) - [Tampa, Florida], V. Brown (Sandan) - [Tampa, Florida], E. Cruz (Sandan) - [Las Vegas, Nevada]


The Ikkyu and Dan gradings are held once per year in April at the Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Centre in Aylesbury.

Grading Fees

Applications are to be submitted to the Chief Examiner at least 1 calendar month before the grading with a cheque for the appropriate fee made payable to KAI SHIN KAI.

Any candidate applying for a grading must have attended a minimum of three Kai Shin Kai courses stamped in their book in the year since the previous April gradings and have the approval of their club sensei. Outside organisation courses do not count towards gradings.

Find out more

To find out more about Kai Shin Kai - International Aikido Association please visit: www.kaishinkai.co.uk

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Aikido is a modern Japanese Martial Art and is very different from disciplines such as Karate, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, MMA, BJJ, Kempo and Krav Maga where there is emphasis on kicking, punching or wrestling.

Aikido is an extremely efficient self defence (also as Self-Defence Women London) system utilising balance-taking and posture-breaking movements to achieve joint locks, pins and throws. It contains elements of Ju Jitsu, Kendo, Judo and other budo.

Aikido Classes are held every Tuesday and Wednesday evening at our Harrow dojo, and Thursday evening at our Pinner dojo in NW London. Pinner Aikido Club London is a part of the Kai Shin Kai International Traditional Aikido Association (KSK), which is a member of the Aikido Alliance.

Aikido is essentially a non-violent Martial art system that encourages the avoidance of confrontation and harmony with an aggressor. The classes are well attended with Aikido students always on the mat and aimed at all levels, from beginner to advanced but everyone is welcome to come along regardless of fitness or experience.

Our Aikido students work at their own pace during the training sessions and no one is forced into doing anything they are not comfortable with.
Pinner Aikido Club in London can help you achieve self-defense skills, self-esteem, confidence, and fitness. Most of all though, our classes are fun.

You do not have to be competitive or naturally athletic to take part in the Aikido class. Learning Aikido is about self-improvement and self-confidence.

Regardless of your size, body type and current level of physical ability or disability. If you are looking for a healthier, more confident way of life, then the modern art of Aikido may well be for you.

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