The Steel City Aikido Club trains at the Kyogikan dojo. This is a permanently matted, traditional Japanese-style dojo. The main instructor is Scott Allbright, 6th dan. Scott began teaching Shodokan Aikido in Sheffield in 1991. Since then, he has turned a wide-spectrum of people into black belts. Scott is the highest level instructor of Shodokan Aikido in the country, and runs numerous national Aikido events every year. Scott is also a former world champion in our sport.
We have many resident black belt instructors, of various levels, from all walks of life. Many are students, researchers or staff at one of Sheffield’s universities. This large number of instructors produces an excellent environment to learn in, and members who train regularly have been able to earn their black belt within about 3 years.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art that uses throws and joint locks. It is not dissimilar to Judo in that breaking balance is the primary skill to learn, but techniques are mostly performed on the head, elbow and wrists. Shodokan Aikido is a very dynamic form which focuses on body movement, and includes competition as a way to improve skill.
Ideally, students should attend the Tuesday 1700-1830 student class, and non-students should attend the Tuesday 1830-2000 class. There is also a fundamentals class 1730-1830, which would be suitable for beginners who cannot make these other two sessions. Members of the student club are allowed to attend non-student classes provided they are a suitable grade.
If it is your first time training with us, please bring a form of ID with your date of birth on (e.g. passport or driver’s licence).
Our dojo is located here: