Welcome to the London Isshinkai Aikido Club
If you’re nervous about going to a class where there’ll be people more experienced than you, or worried about how you’ll be treated, we know you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Within Isshinkai, the more experienced a person is, the more he or she will look after you, and the more fun you’ll be likely to get out of practising with him or her.
We look forward to welcoming you on the mat.
We're based in Vauxhall in a beautiful dojo on Tyers Street, just around the corner from Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. We've had an Isshinkai dojo in this area for more than 5 years now, with students coming to practise from all over London.
We have weekly classes for adults as well as weekly supervised practice sessions for members. Students of all levels practise together - from having just started to having been practising for many years - and from a fantastic mix of genders and nationalities.
The classes are taught by Adam Cooper Sensei, who began practising in the London dojo more than 10 years ago.
Classes & Practice Times
If you’re brand new to Aikido:
Look out for our one-day Introductory Courses, which we run from time to time at weekends. They are very useful and will give you a flying start, but are not absolutely necessary if you want to start straight away. You can also attend any of the Monday evening classes (free of charge for the first class) to get a taste of what Isshinkai’s Aikido is like.
Or, for the best possible start, why not join us on Summer School? Find it on our events page.
The Dojo is on the move. We are currently looking for a new dojo. Please contact us below to find out when & where classes will resume.
Please arrive 20 minutes before class begins to get ready.
Once members are beginning to get the hang of things, they'll be invited to attend Thursday Practice, provided they still attend classes regularly. Thursday Practice is supervised by a high-grade or Teacher.
Within the rules of safety and etiquette, this session offers a bit of freedom to experiment and practise stuff learned in class. It's when we make practice our own; while there’s always help on hand if needed.
In Isshinkai, everyone practises at least as much as the amount of time they spend being taught.
with Adam Cooper Sensei
7.00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
By invitation - Members only
7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.
In effect, Club Membership means a person's long-term development and wellbeing in Isshinkai Aikido is considered and looked after as a responsibility of the Club's Teaching Staff. Fulfilling this responsibility involves formal teaching during classes, and lots of additional less formal help and support, some of which may not at first be nearly as obvious. Being a Club Member means having a "Sensei", and lineage.
You may join us for three classes within a four week period, after which you will be required to be a member of the club.
Adult Club Membership Fees are due annually, and can be paid monthly as a concession.
Club Membership Fees cover weekly Tuition and Practice Sessions provided by the Club, and use of the Dojo at times when it is available for the Club. Club Membership fees do not cover events run by Isshinkai, or other events outside the weekly timetable of the Club.
Club Sessions do not take place on Bank Holidays or during Isshinkai Seminars, such as Summer School, wherever they are held.
Visitor/Guest: £15 per Class
Membership: £720 per Annum (£60 per Calendar Month) or £600 in advance.
You can set up a Monthly payment through PayPal here:
Club Membership is conditional on you maintaining a valid Isshinkai Membership.
Please see Isshinkai Membership here.
You can join Isshinkai (Association) at any time without being a member of one of its Clubs. But in order to join one of the clubs, you must have Isshinkai Membership. Isshinkai membership is required before your fourth class.
What to wear
Off the mat we wear Zori (Japanese flip-flop sandals). We step from these directly onto the mat, not to bring grit or dirt onto the mat with us. We won’t expect you to have these, but please bring a pair of flip-flops or sandals to get you to the side of the mat whilst keeping your feet clean.
We wear a white kit very much like Judo kit called a Gi. We won’t expect you to have one yet if you’re coming to give it a try. Just bring a clean set of clothes to change into at the dojo. You'll be practising on a clean mat and we don't want to bring clothes we've been wearing in the street, or all day, onto it.
Shorts are not advisable. Neither are clothes that constrict movement, or track suits with zips on the legs or sleeves. Long sleeved tops are recommended.
We have changing facilities where you can safely leave your things during the class.
Where to go
We are on the corner of Jonathan and Tyers Streets. The building looks like an old pub - because it was! The doorbell works… we look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
64 Tyers Street, Vauxhall