"In your training, do not be in a hurry, for it takes a minimum of ten years to master the basics and advance to the first rung. Never think of yourself as an all-knowing, perfected master; you must continue to train daily with your friends and students and progress together in the Art of Peace."
Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

Training with Wellsprings Aikido

Training Times

Day Time Content Venue
Friday 20.00 - 21.00 Bukiwaza Poole Martial Arts and Fitness Centre
Friday 21.00 - 22.00 Taijutzu Poole Martial Arts and Fitness Centre
Sunday 20.00 - 21.00 Bukiwaza Poole Martial Arts and Fitness Centre
Sunday 21.00 - 22.00 Taijutzu Poole Martial Arts and Fitness Centre

Wellsprings Aikido trains at

Poole Martial Arts and Fitness Centre on Fridays and Sundays.
156a Stanley Green Road,
BH15 3AH.

Find Poole Martial Arts and Fitness Centre on Google Maps

Back to the top

Format of a Bukiwaza Session

Activity Duration
Warm up, aiki taiso 10 min.
Tai no henko (kihon and/or kinonagare), morotedori kokyuho 10 min.
Bukiwaza (Weapon practice) 40 min.

Format of a Taijutsu Session

Activity Duration
Ukemi practice 5 min.
Taijutsu (Empty handed practice) 45 min.
Kokyunage or jiyuwaza and finish with kokyudosa 10 min.

Back to the top

Mat Fees

Payment method Aikidoka (waged) Aikidoka (unwaged/students/pensioners)
Pay per session £6 £5
Pay per evening (2 sessions) £10 £8
Pre-pay by Standing Order for month £33 per month £25 per month

Back to the top

Insurance Requirements

All aikidoka must have valid insurance to train with Wellsprings Aikido. For Wellsprings Aikidoka this is provided by the British Aikido Board (view summary of insurance provided) via membership of the Aikido Research Federation. Students enrolled on a designated beginners' course or trial period have the first year's membership of the Aikido Research Federation, which includes the necessary level of insurance required to train with Wellsprings Aikido, included in the fee paid. Students are at liberty to arrange additional insurance at their own expense.

Visiting aikidoka must provide proof of insurance before they will be allowed onto the tatami.

Back to the top

Minimum Age Requirement

You must be at least 18 years old to train with Wellsprings Aikido.

Back to the top


We wear the traditional white gi during our training. Kyu grades wear white belts and dan grades wear black. Hakama are worn by 3rd kyu and above. Beginners can wear light but reasonably robust clothing, such as a sweat shirt and jogging bottoms. We train in bare feet but footwear is worn whilst off the mat to avoid bringing dirt onto the training area.

Several times a year Wellsprings Aikido places a bulk order for gi and other equipment on behalf of members with Nine Circles.

Back to the top


You will require a bokken and jo (wooden sword and staff) to train in Iwama Aikido. Later you may want to purchase a tanto (wooden knife).

We recommend that you purchase bokken and jo made from oak. These are a little more expensive but will last and are less likely to splinter or fracture if they receive a wack! The bokken used in Iwama Aikido has a squared off saki (tip). If your bokken has a pointed tip this must be sawn off before being used in training.

Mark Sensei keeps a small stock of Iwama bokken and jo for sale. Weapons can also be purchased over the internet.

Back to the top


Grading Requirements and Syllabus

View a .pdf document giving details of requirements and rationale for ranks in Aikido from 6th kyu to 4th dan.

Grading Dates

6th kyu - 2nd kyu
Regular gradings are held for 6th - 2nd kyu. The dates may be found in the diary.
1st kyu and above
Gradings for 1st kyu and above are by arrangement.

Grading Fees

6th kyu - 2nd kyu £10
1st kyu and above Fee to be advised prior to grading

Back to the top