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Aikidogi (合気道着 or 合気道衣) is the formal Japanese name for the uniform used for Aikido training. Most practitioners simply call it a gi or dogi. There are few if any rules regarding the Aikido uniform other than local or organizational guidelines, though for reasons of tradition you will usually find aikidoka wearing an aikidogi that is made from bleached (or occasionally unbleached) cotton or sometimes cotton-poly blends. Practically Aikido training sits somewhere between Judo and Karate in the nature of its practice and therefore it is very common to find both lightweight karategi and heavier judogi being used by aikidoka depending on their preference. Both are more durable than typical clothing. A judogi is typically thick enough to support the weight of its wearer. Morihei Ueshiba seems to have used a traditional judogi with a dark coloured hakama most of the time, though there are numerous records of him wearing more traditional kimono and hakama combinations and to this day some variation is found even within an individual organization or dojo depending on the instructor(s).
In addition to judogi and karategi used for Aikido practice there are also a small number of companies which manufacture keikogi specifically for Aikido training. These tend to differ from other styles of keikogi in subtle ways reflecting some of the unique aspects of Aikido training, such as shorter sleeves reaching to just below the elbow. Unlike many other martial arts Aikido continues to emphasize defences from a seated position and therefore aikidogi often have heavily reinforced zubon or pants (especially kneepatches) and also tend to have slightly longer skirts around the waist of the uwagi or jacket to allow the aikidoka to tuck their uwagi in to their hakama without any trouble. Additionally Aikido uwagi tend to have slightly shorter sleeves to facilitate training from wrist grabs which is very common, especially at lower levels. Some aikidogi are derived from judogi and have a heavyweight tightly woven terrycloth style uwagi (such as the Tozando aikidogi), while others are made from a heavy canvas karategi style material (such as the Bu-Jin Design aikidogi) strong enough for regular grappling and throwing found in Aikido training.
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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 British Aikido Board (BAB).
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.