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Aikido Alive UK



Aikido Alive London and Aikido Alive UK was founded in September 2002 in its present location, the RFH Recreation Club in Hampstead, London NW3, by Bjorn Saw Sensei (5th dan Aikikai).

Bjorn Saw (born 1963) began training Aikido in Sweden for Takeji Tomita Shihan (7dan) in 1974 as an eleven year old. After receiving his shodan (1st degree black belt) in 1989 Bjorn was teaching as an assistant instructor in Aikido Dojo Stockholm. Bjorn traveled to Japan to further his training under the late Morihiro Saito Sensei (9dan) in Iwama. Bjorn lived there as uchi-deshi (live-in student) and soto-deshi and for two and a half years between 1987 and 1993. Bjorn opened his first dojo in 1993 in Varmdo, Sweden. In September 2002 he founded Aikido Alive London where he teach traditional Iwama takemusu Aikido with an emphasis on spiritual awakening and understanding.


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Associate 30 Member


Based on the traditional Iwama basic (kihon) movements and techniques developed from the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei) and his long term student and successor Morihiro Saito Sensei, Aikido Alive London is emphasising the complete system of Riai; Tai jutsu, Aiki-ken and Aiki-jo.

We emphasize the spiritual aspects of O Sensei`s vision of a peaceful and unified body/mind/spirit through dedicated practice and inquiry. A living Aikido is looking at the individual as a part of a greater whole where all aspects of the human is fully integrated by a deeply spiritual perspective of unity. The aim is nothing less than O Sensei`s lofty ideal of a full understanding of our spiritual essence, in oneness with others, for the good of all.

Bjorn Saw

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