Don’t buy this book by Richard Small

Tai Chi and Aikido – exploring pathways beyond choreography.
I’ve written a fairly readable and informative book of about 220 pages that covers tai chi and aikido in equal amounts. It’s a book that contains advice, sometimes in story form, about both arts. You may observe the differences or similarities yourself. It contains ideas for practise and thought and is the culmination of collected wisdoms from over forty years practise. You don’t need to buy one. You can check out what it looks like on Amazon for free then contact the author and he will post you a free copy. No catch, the aim is to share and not die with any would be secrets still intact. Contact Richard if you are interested. Don’t buy from Amazon!

Aikido training (Cambridge)

Hi everyone,
I hope you are well and coping with life and the changes and adjustments that we are all having to make? I have seen some of you during our Zoom Aikido sessions so I know how you are doing. Others I have not seen or heard from in a long time. Hopefully it is because you are choosing not to be in touch, rather than for more sinister reasons.
Anyhow I want to say that mainly through Laurence’s superb efforts with some support from me, there are plenty of Aikido / stretching class options that are happening now as part of the Cambridge Aikido Club during the Covid crisis. These include Zoom sessions online and more recently face to face (2m distance) weapons training too. In order for the club to survive and even thrive, we need more than a couple of willing students and teachers to keep it going. We need to see students supporting the club. At the moment there is no payment because there is nothing rented, so classes are free (apart from your time of course!) and thanks to the generosity of the teachers. So it would be great to see you and to have some support for the club. It may be that training indoors on a mat is not going to happen for several months yet. So in order to preserve your Aikido, continue on the Aikido path, and even improve, you need to practise, otherwise you will forget all that you have learnt which would be very sad.
I am listing the classes that are available at the moment below. Time and places may change slightly, so if in doubt, please join the club WhatsApp group for up to date information or text me or Laurence directly for last minute information, for example, outdoor classes won’t happen if it is raining. So please take advantage now while the sun is shining and while you have time. Without your support the club may not be here when you eventually think about coming back to training!
Hope to see you soon.
All the best,

  • Sundays: Weapons class via Zoom. 0900-0930. Meeting link: upon request
  • Tuesdays: Weapons at Histon FC. 1920-2000. Outdoors with social distancing.
  • Weds: Aikido stretching class via Zoom. 1815-1900. Meeting link: upon request
  • Thursdays: Weapons on The Backs (near Queens college). 1920-2000. Outdoors with social distancing.