Preseli Aikido

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Mondays 6-7pm

Crymych Leisure Centre

1, Wellfield Grove, Crymych, SA41 3QH.

Please note: Training is suspended until further notice to join in efforts to prevent the spread of corona virus.

For tips on practicing at home for current students please click here.

Beginners are welcome anytime!

A new Dojo

Preseli Aikido opened in January 2020.

The instructor is Alice Courvoisier, 1st Dan Aikikai and Level 2 Aikido coach for the British Aikido Federation. Alice started her Aikido journey in 2002 and has been training under the direction of Sensei Ken Marsden, 6th Dan, Shihan, whilst living in Yorkshire until June 2019 ( She regularly attends the British Aikido Federation Summer School in August and other national courses.

  • Please bring loose comfortable clothing.
  • Costs are £5 per session. This includes temporary membership of the British Aikido Federation.
  • After a calendar month, you will need to join the British Aikido Federation (£20-£35/year), which insures you to practice Aikido in the UK and abroad.
  • Juniors welcome from 15 years-old – please come accompanied by a parent or guardian on your first session.

For further information contact Alice at 07422964735 or

Aikido demonstration with Sensei Ken Marsden at the University of York

What is Aikido?

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.

There are no competitions in traditional Aikido.

To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.” – Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido in the UK

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 the late Minoru Kanetsuka Sensei as its technical director.

The current technical directors are Sensei Don Morgan, 6th Dan, Shihan (based in Port Talbot and chief instructor for Wales) and Sensei Ian McLarence, 6th Dan, Shihan (based in Newcastle and chief instructor for England).

Members of Preseli Aikido are encouraged to practice with other teachers and trips will be organised to visit senior instructors in Wales and beyond.

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