Welcome

Milton Keynes Keihatsu Aikido Club, in Milton Keynes, has been in operation for over ten years and runs classes at the Stantonbury Campus Leisure Centre.

The club's Chief Instructor, Kevan Poundes Sensei (3rd Dan), has been training in Aikido since 1991 and teaching since 2002. He is assisted by five other black-belt instructors, all of whom are registered with the British Aikido Board.

Classes are open to juniors (6 to 15 years) and seniors (aged 16+). Students do not need to be fit, age is no barrier, and even disability may not be a handicap to practice.

Martin Barradell (4th Dan) visits from Coventry headquarters and teaches on the first Friday of every month.

Feel free to come along and join us!

When and where?

We train at Stantonbury Campus Leisure Centre
Stantonbury
Saxon Street
Milton Keynes
MK14 6BN
in the "Activity Room" on the first floor.

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Seniors (£4 a lesson)
Monday - 8pm till 9:30pm
Wednesday - 8pm till 9:30pm
Friday - 8pm till 9:30pm

Juniors (kids) (£3.50 a lesson)
Friday - 7pm till 8pm

Contact details

For club related enquiries, feel free to just turn up or contact:
Mike Mitchell by telephone on (01908) 542928 or by E-mail at mike@tacho.go-plus.net

Alternatively, for site related enquiries please contact:
The web team by E-mail at admin@mkkac.com

Instructors

Kevan Poundes (3rd Dan)

Portrait of Kevan Poundes

I started Aikido in Japan at the age of eight when my parents were living in Tokyo; although I was unable to continue training there long it was enough for me to appreciate the power and beauty of the art and inspire me to find Aikido again later in life.

I joined the Milton Keynes Aikido Club whilst it was under the leadership of Alan Sanders Sensei where I was awarded my 3rd Kyu. Our club later became the Milton Keynes Keihatsu Aikido Club, led by Marianne Crisp Sensei, and became affiliated to Yama Arashi UK under Tom Moss Sensei. I trained regularly at the Phoenix Aikido Club in Coventry gaining my Shodan in 2000 from Tom Moss Sensei, my Nidan in 2005 and my Sandan in 2013 from Barbara Moss Sensei.

Over the years, I have benefitted from practising with many instructors including William Smith Shihan, Haydn Foster Sensei, Frank Burlingham Sensei and Phillip Lee Sensei. I have also attended a seminar with Steven Segal in Paris along with hundreds of other students!

I have regularly instructed both adults and juniors in the Milton Keynes Club for more than ten years. In 2010 I took over the leadership of Milton Keynes Keihastu Aikido Club and am working to build links with clubs and other associations in order to expand and develop the aikido of both myself and our students.

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Mike Mitchell (2nd Dan)

Portrait of Mike Mitchell

I have trained in 24 martial arts over fifty years; a few of which are Aikido, Kung Fu, Chin Na, Small Circle Ju Jitsu, Budo Jitsu, Karate, Wing Chun, Krav Maga, Aiki Jitsu and Unarmed Combat Instructor-Army. I hold black belts/sashes in five Arts.

I started Aikido in March 1991 and have currently reached the level of 2nd Dan, Coach Level 1 and Young People Instructor. I am also CRB checked and First Aid qualified.

I prefer reality based Aikido and try to instruct that way, without departing too much from tradition.

I additionally run practical and effective Self Defense Courses.

Marianne Crisp (2nd Dan)

Portrait of Marianne Crisp

I have been practising Aikido for around 25 years and teaching for about 14. During 10 years in Karate, I tried Aikido briefly and recognised its merits, but it wasn't until my husband and I moved into this area that I replaced Karate with Aikido, when I joined a new club being set up by Senseis Alan Sanders and Roger Nye.

Subsequently, with Ray Munns, I took over as Chief Instructor of the Milton Keynes club when Sensei Sanders retired in 1992, and when we became affiliated to the Yama Arashi UK, I began my training with the Head of the Association, Tom Moss Sensei, an inspirational Aikidoka and a truly remarkable man, under whose caring guidance I achieved my 1st Dan in 1999, and subsequently 2nd Dan in 2002.

I am qualified to Coach Level 1 and also Coach (Young Persons), and like all the Milton Keynes instructors, am CRB checked; and while I passed on the leadership of the Club to Kevan Poundes Sensei in 2010, I continue to instruct there at regular intervals.

Cath Hoskin (2nd Dan)

Porttait of Cath Hoskin

I started Aikido in 1999 with Milton Keynes Keihatsu Aikido Club. I practised regularly with the Phoenix Aikido Club in Coventry, headquarters of the Yama Arashi Aikido Association UK, and gained my Shodan with them in 2004.

Tom Moss Sensei, leader of the Yama Arashi UK, was influential in my Aikido development before his passing in 2003. Over the years I have been privileged to train with many instructors and students. Amongst my highlights would be the Lowestoft Course which took place annually for many years. I was fortunate to learn from William Smith Shihan, Haydn Foster Sensei and Frank Burlingham Sensei on many of these courses.

I completed my coach level 1 course in 2003, and then gained my Young Persons coaching award in 2004. Along with Kev, I have coached the junior classes regularly for many years!

I was awarded by 2nd Dan in 2013

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What is Aikido?

Portrait of Morihei Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba (often referred to by his title 'O Sensei' or 'Great Teacher').

Aikido focuses not on punching or kicking opponents, but rather on using their own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away. The idea of aikido is to control a situation without fighting.

Aikido is essentially non-violent and non-competitive. Force is never opposed with force, but is diverted and turned back upon the attacker by means of circular movements.

In addition to throws to bring the assailant to the ground, there are also a variety of joint locks for controlling an attacker. Though these can be painful and induce immediate submission, they are applied so as not to cause injury.

Aikido is perhaps the most subtle and graceful of the various martial arts. Since Aikido techniques do not demand physical strength or aggressive spirit, it is practised by people of all ages and physical make up, by women just as well as by men.

Because a substantial portion of any aikido curriculum consists of throws, the first thing most students learn is how to safely fall or roll. The specific techniques for attack include both strikes and grabs; the techniques for defence consist of throws and pins. After basic techniques are learned, students study freestyle defence against multiple opponents, and techniques with weapons.

Weapons training in aikido traditionally includes the short staff (jo), wooden sword (bokken), and knife (tanto).

Frequently asked questions

What do I do if I want to train?
Simply turn up 10 minutes before class begins at the dojo. Ask to speak with the Aikido instructor and someone will guide you.

Do I need to be fit?
Aikido can be practised at any fitness level.
Physical training goals pursued in conjunction with aikido include controlled relaxation, flexibility, and endurance, with less emphasis on strength training. Therefore Aikido can be practiced at any fitness level, although a certain level of fitness would be beneficial so that your training is not interrupted by being out of breath.
Training emphasizes the use of coordinated whole-body movement and balance similar to yoga. For example, we begin each class with warm-up exercises which include stretching and ukemi (break falls).

What are the costs involved?
In addition to the normal lesson fees you will be asked for £25 annually for insurance purposes.

What is the order of the coloured belts?
In our syllabus they run as follows. Red (7th Kyu), White (6th Kyu), Yellow (5th Kyu), Orange (4th Kyu), Green (3rd Kyu), Blue (2nd Kyu), Brown (1st Kyu), Black (Dan).
The Junior syllabus has a "tag" system of intermediate grades between these colours.

What are the big skirt-like trousers I see in some pictures?
These are called Hakama.  In our syllabus, dark (usually black) hakama are worn to indicate that someone has attained their black-belt (sometimes called Dan Grade).

I've just started Aikido, but wonder what the full and proper etiquette is?
There is a guide, in PDF format to help you.

What does "Keihatsu" mean?
Keihatsu (Kay-hat-su) means, as a literal translation, "enlightenment; development; edification". We believe in these three tenets; to enlighten ourselves both physically and mentally as we train in Aikido.

Can I see any Aikido in action?
If you are curious about Aikido, you are more than welcome to come along and watch, to ask questions, or indeed, to step on to the mat for the first time.

Club history

Milton Keynes Aikido Club was started around 1982 by Sensei Alan Sanders and Roger Nye, and ran in that form for around 12 years. Unfortunately, Sensei Sanders dropped out through ill-health (Sensei Nye having ceased teaching a year earlier), leaving Marianne Crisp and Ray Munns in charge. These two later co-opted their fellow-student, Tim Welch, and all three were assisted by the guest-visits of Sensei Aubrey Smith of Northampton.

However, in Sensei Sanders' absence, and because they were teaching on different nights, Ray and Tim initially trained with Sensei Bob Sherington and then Sensei Aubrey Smith, while Marianne began to train with Sensei Tom Moss.

This has gradually resulted in widening differences between teaching-styles and syllabi, although with no lessening of the spirit of harmony and mutual esteem between us it's the same "Aikido mountain"; it's simply that we three are now walking different paths to the top.

So finally, to avoid confusing the students, we three Instructors, Marianne, Ray and Tim, decided in December 2000 to separate Milton Keynes Aikido Club into two independent groups, both still teaching Traditional Aikido, and both still upholding the principles of "the Way of Harmony".

Marianne chose the name Milton Keynes Keihatsu Aikido Club, while Ray and Tim chose Milton Keynes Sei Shin Aikido Club. We remain good friends, and students of either club will of course be very welcome to train at the other.

Marianne Crisp, 2nd Dan
Milton Keynes Keihatsu Aikido Club
April 2001

Club photos

Club Photo March 2013

Date: March 2013
Description: Club photo taken at the November grading

Tim at the club christmas party

Date: December 2012
Description: Club Christmas party. Tim demonstrates how it's done!

Emma, Tim and Kev

Date: December 2012
Description: Club Christmas party. Emma, Tim and Kev

Jenni and Emma

Date: December 2012
Description: Club Christmas party. Jenni and Emma

Gavin and Marianne

Date: December 2012
Description: Club Christmas party. Gavin and Marianne

Matt, Kev and Tim

Date: December 2012
Description: Club Christmas party. Matt, Kev and Tim

Club Photo November 2012

Date: November 2012
Description: Club photo taken at the November grading

Nakao Sensei course

Date: October 2012
Description: Nakao Sensei course

Ian Bowling

Date: March 2012
Description: Bowling night. Ian lining up for a strike.

Mike, Sandy and Allie

Date: March 2012
Description: Bowling night. Mike, Sandy and Allie

Mo and Dave

Date: March 2012
Description: Bowling night. We're sure Mo and Dave must be demonstrating a technique...

Tassos performing Katatedori Tai No Henko

Date: January 2012
Description: Tassos performing Katatedori Tai No Henko

Class photo

Date: 16th Dec 2011
Description: Class photo during a special visit by Errol

Kev, Errol, Marianne and Mike

Date: 16th Dec 2011
Description: From left to right; Kev, Errol, Marianne and Mike

Matt, Steff, Errol and Kev

Date: 16th Dec 2011
Description: From left to right; Matt, Stef, Errol and Kev

Cath and Errol

Date: 16th Dec 2011
Description: Cath and Errol

Club photo

Date: 8th Oct 2010
Description: Taken during one of the monthly visits by Martin Barradell Sensei from the Coventry dojo.

Lowestoft group photo

Date: 1st Aug 2010
Description: Lowestoft group photo

Lowestoft evening meal photo

Date: 1st Aug 2010
Description: Lowestoft evening meal photo

Steve finishing the Ikkyo ground hold

Date: 16th Apr 2010
Description: Steve finishing the Ikkyo ground control

Videos

Kevan Poundes 2nd Dan Grading ( .mp4, .3gp, flash)

Mike Mitchell 2nd Dan Grading ( .mp4, .3gp, flash)

Matt Hoare Sensei demonstrating Kaitennage ( .mp4, .3gp, flash)

Cath performing the Failed Ikkyo Kata ( .mp4, .3gp, flash)