Head Club Instructor
Sensei Richard Watts: 2nd Dan Black Belt instructor with over ten years Shudokan Aikido experience. He has been an instructor at the club since the beginning of 2004. Sensei Richard has also trained in Iwama style Aikido and Kyokushinkai Karate.
An exert from 'What Aikido means to me' by Sensei Richard Watts
"Aikido has taught me patience, respect and understanding for other people. I work as a Publishing Manager and a lot of my work is about managing other people including dealing with awkward situations and I have found that you get a lot further with people if you try and understand their view point – I guess you could say 'blend with the situation'. It's a bit like doing a verbal Kokyu Nage (a timing technique in Aikido).
Aikido is an amazing and unique Martial Art which I am proud to have as part of my life. It's full of very precise movements and frustrating techniques yet it is also a Martial Art that I have found that you can make your own in your own unique way."
Sensei Kevin Whitney: 1st Dan Black Belt instructor. Sensei Kev has eight years Shudokan Aikido experience.
An exert from 'One man's quest for kamae' by Sensei Kev
I feel honoured and humbled to be a member of our club, Oxford Shudokan Aikido. Honoured because I have been here from the early days and partaken in the club's development. Sensei Richard has taken the club from strength to strength; it has been a pleasure to assist him wherever possible. We have a great core membership of decent people. We are inclusive and warm, newcomers are always made to feel welcome.
All club instructors are qualified teachers with BAB Coaching Level 1.
Our Aikido classes are held at venues across Oxford and we welcome complete beginners to all our classes.