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Keitenshin Kai



The Keitenshin Kai was founded in 2008. A new association backed up by over 25 years of aikido teaching and practice and an enthusiastic and dedicated group of instructors and students. The Principal Coaches of the Keitenshin Kai are Jonathan Davies and Sarah Williams. Both 5th Dan Aikido, Shoden Ki and British Aikido Board Senior Coaches and Coach Tutors. As students of Wasyl Kolesnikov Sensei they set up their first club at Manchester University in 1988, followed by a second club in Manchester city centre in 1998. They opened their own dedicated aikido dojo in 1999 in an old silk hat factory in Manchester. In 2013 the Keitenshin Kai joined Aikido Yuishinkai, following the teaching of Maruyama Sensei, a direct student of O Sensei. After recently moving from the city to the Welsh Borders the classes have now moved from the city centre dojo to Manchester University.



Membership Type

Full Member


We practice a Ki based style of aikido relevant to modern daily life. 


The emphasis is on learning to develop both mind and body in balance. Essentially we regard our practice as a holistic self-defence - giving us the tools to live well and resolve conflict whatever form that takes, from verbal abuse to physical attack. Our aikido is characterised by strong postures and dynamic, flowing movement.

We are a small, friendly association dedicated to the safe and enjoyable practice of aikido in a nuturing and challenging environment.

We are a member of Aikido Yuishinkai, following the teaching of Maruyama Sensei, a direct long term student of O Sensei, the founder of aikido.


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