Welcome to the Yorkshire Aikikai website!
We are three Yorkshire-based groups training in traditional Aikido under Sensei Ken Marsden, 6th Dan, Shihan. We train in Bradford, Leeds and York. For details of the locations and times, please use the menu on the left.
Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba (now known as O Sensei, meaning Great Teacher) in Japan between 1920 and 1940. Morihei Ueshiba was born in 1883 at a time when many martial arts were still taught by masters in the old tradition. In his early manhood, Morihei mastered several arts, including swordsmanship and unarmed self-defence. At the same time, he developed into a deeply religious person and envisaged a new system of budo (lit: the way of the warrior), which would provide a basis for both physical and spiritual development. He named this new art Aikido: the way (do) of harmonising (ai) the spirit (ki). Ki is the creative life-spirit of the universe, one’s own life energy.
The Aikikai Foundation, the Japanese headquarter for Aikido, is located in Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, and headed by Moriteru Ueshiba, O Sensei‘s grandson.
The first organisation with official Japanese authority to teach Aikido in Britain was the Aikikai of Great-Britain, founded in 1968 and headed by Kazuo Chiba Sensei. In 1977, it was renamed the British Aikido Federation (BAF) with Minoru Kanetsuka Sensei as its technical director.
Sensei Ken Marsden began practising Aikido in 1971, first under Chiba Sensei, then under Kanetsuka Sensei, with whom he still actively studies. Sensei Marsden is a Hombu recognised Shihan, senior instructor and member of the BAF’s technical and grading committees.