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Welcome to the Bugeisha Aikido Club

As the name suggests we study Aikido which is a martial art that emphasises harmony, fluidity, and the dynamic use of energy. The Chief Instructor, Don, has been studying martial arts in one form or another for most of his life. In 1992 Don discovered Zanshin Ryu Aikido and has never looked back. Zanshin Ryu Aikido is based on the teachings of Master Pat Stratford. Don still trains under his teachers, friends and mentors, Tariq and Furrkh, who have created the Small Circle Aikido Club in Coventry when they inherited Master Stratford’s dojo.

The South Ruislip club was created in 2000 when the club moved from its home in Perivale. A very capable student, Richard, agreed to take over the instructor role when Don moved to Dorset. Richard has done a great job running the club and has kept it under the umbrella of Bugeisha
The Broadstone club was created in 2016 when Don moved to the area and started training with his Assistant Instructor, Matt. Matt brought with him many years of training in various martial arts including Aikido. Since 2016, Matt has gone from strength to strength in Bugeisha and has become an excellent instructor and proponent of the Bugeisha style of Aikido.
Together we have created clubs where we pride ourselves on being welcoming and we strive to create an environment where every club member, regardless of age, fitness level or capability, can study Aikido and apply the lessons learnt. This is not only in conflict situations but also in daily life. Hence the name Bugeisha. There is no question that the strength of our clubs not only lies in the quality of the instructors but it is also, in large part, due to the quality and commitment of the club members.
Just 3 reasons to join us



Initially you will learn how to defend yourself if you need to and to do this by causing the minimum damage to your attacker necessary to preserve yourself. As you progress in your studies you will develop the ability to not only defend yourself but also to preserve your friends, family and if necessary, those who cannot defend themselves. The ultimate goal of Aikido is to develop your ability to where, if the situation allows, you are capable of neutralising and preserving the attacker.


The word community can be defined as ‘the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common’. First and foremost, our desire is that you will quickly realise that you are joining a welcoming, supportive, and friendly group of people. A group of people drawn from all walks of life, both male and female and a wide range of ages. What unites us is a shared passion for studying the martial art and a desire to grow in our understanding together.


Joining Bugeisha Aikido Club and studying Aikido offers a holistic approach to well-being everyone can benefit from. This happens through a blend of physical fitness, increased clarity around conflict, enhanced confidence, and a deeper understanding of your body’s capabilities.


There is no question that studying a martial art can be frustrating at times and for most people it does not come easy. But if something isn’t challenging then perhaps it’s not worth studying. We firmly believe that the rewards from studying Aikido are numerous and well worth the sacrifice in time and effort to train. A few rewards to consider are the joy of mastering new skills, the fun of training together with like-minded people, and the satisfaction gained from finding your way of doing the techniques taking into account your experience and capabilities.

Come AND join us to discover the club

We sincerely hope that should you come and visit one of our classes you will see that we are simply a group of people studying Aikido in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.  So if this website creates an interest in our club and you decide to come and give Aikido a try, then brilliant!!