Modern Aikido delivered by the SWKA, was taught to Head Coach Steve Lilley by 10th Dan Grandmaster Soke Brian Dossett. This form of Aikido is based around learning to use an opponent’s momentum and strikes against themselves. It’s a fluid art focusing on the principles of harmony, to help disable an opponent through the use of throws and joint locks.

It is based loosely on 6 key moves which are then modified to deal with different attacks. These initial 6 moves are them progressed into what gradually becomes a flowing art, and when performed with another Modern Aikido can become an impressive flowing movements of locks, throws and rolls from the participant.

Modern Aikido doesn’t involve throwing kicks and punches, but learning how to use these strikes and grabs against the assailant.

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February 5, 2018

Notice to everyone week of the 5th Feb we wont have our usual Tuesday and Thursday Classes running. Sensei Steve is working ...more

January 1, 2018

An update on classes in 2018 for all current and future students. Tuesday Nights Bere Alston Primary School 5 - 13 ye ...more

November 29, 2017

On Friday 24th November a number of the South West Kickboxing Academy (SWKA) club based in Tavistock travelled up to Guilfo ...more


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