Bristol Ki Aikido

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About Us

We train in the upstairs dance studio at the Riverside Leisure Club, in Little Stoke, North Bristol, which is only a 5-minute walk from the Patchway Railway station.


We are the Bristol Ki Aikido club in the Kolesnikov’s School of Mind and Body Development with Aikido organisation. We have clubs elsewhere in the UK and offer you the chance to learn this Ki Aikido, which can:

  • Improve your mental focus
  • Teach you Aikido which is a skilful form of self-defence
  • Show you how to re-direct energy safely
  • Increase your Ki through special exercises and meditation


To train regularly with us you need to become a member of the organisation. This is a yearly fee of £45. Then you only need to pay for the lessons you attend – which is currently £5. This Aikido club is a “not for profit” voluntary organisation where all funds after costs are ploughed back into the club. Our coaches are volunteers and do not charge for their coaching time.

You can also choose to pay £35 in advance to get 8 lessons. i.e. 1 free lesson.

Your other option is to use your MoveGB membership with us.

We are a MoveGB partner


Wednesdays 7.30pm – 9pm

Lessons suited to all abilities, from complete beginners to experienced students. Classes are only open to Adults at the moment, mainly due to the lateness of our lessons and teacher availability.

Your 1st lesson is free, this will enable you to find out if Aikido is something for you.

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The teachers

Sensei Janet


4 th Dan

Sensei Andy


1 st Dan

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Bristol Ki Aikido

Our History

A little bit about Bristol Ki Aikido.

The Club

Classes are on Wednesday and are from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Please arrive at 7:15pm to help get out the mats.

Beginners are welcome as is anyone who just wants to watch, but due to the nature of Ki Aikido, it is best to get on the mat and have a go to get the feeling of what we do. To start, wear comfortable clothing that is not restrictive such as tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt (Shoes are removed before stepping on the mat). After a few classes, you will need to invest in Gi (a white karate suit or Judo suit) which we can source for you.

If you’d like to acquire one yourself locally, is a great place.

Classes normally comprise of:

  • Stretching
  • Ki exercises and tests
  • Rolling
  • Aikido self defense techniques
  • Meditation


Founded in 1982 by Wasyl Kolesnikov the Kolesnikov’s School of Mind and Body Development with Aikido aims to study mind and body coordination through the study of energy both static and in motion.

Sensei Kolesnikov retired in 2014 and since then the organisation has been led by Phil Bolt. Sensei Phil’s home dojo is based in Swindon, which has now become the organisation’s Head Quarters.

The martial arts roots of Aikido provide a useful framework for this study, but through our Ki Society connections we also study the use of energy for healing purposes. We focus on the Ki as it is at the heart of Aikido. A translation of Aikido might be:

( ) Ai – Harmony
( ) Ki – Energy, Spirit or Life Energy
( ) Do – Way or method

So a full translation is "The way of harmony with energy" but a fuller translation is "The way of harmony with the Universe".

The body should be triangular, the mind circular. The triangle represents the generation of energy and is the most stable physical posture. The circle symbolises serenity and perfection, the source of unlimited techniques. The square stands for solidity, the basis of applied control.
Morihei Ueshiba

We are not affiliated with the Shin Shin Toitsu organisation and have no formal links to any organisation in Japan.

Bristol Aikido Dojo

We train in the upstairs dance studio at Riverside Leisure Club, Little Stoke

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Bristol Ki Aikido
Riverside Leisure Club
Station Road
Little Stoke
BS34 6HW