What is Aikido?

Aikido is a Japanese system of self defence that is fundamentally non-aggressive and non-competitive.

Despite the brutal potential of the techniques, the object of the various throws, locks and pins is to neutralise and immobilise aggressors rather than cause them injury.

Eigoku Bansen Kai

We practice a soft, dynamic and technical form of Aikikai Aikido. The origins of this style are with Tanaka Bansen Shihan, a pre-war student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba.

EBK is directly affiliated to the Osaka Aikikai in Japan. Our gradings are ratified through them by Tokyo Honbu.

The original EBK dojo in Exeter is also known as Exeter Aikido, and was established by Paul Magee in 1997. There is also an EBK dojo in Poznań.

EBK Instructors

Paul Magee has practiced Aikido since 1985. In the late '80s Paul studied with Lee Sensei in Taipei. In 1991 he moved to Kyoto, and studied with Nishimura Sensei of Koshiro dojo for a further five years. Both Lee Sensei and Nishimura Sensei were students of Tanaka Bansen Shihan.

James Wenger joined the Eigoku Bansen Kai not long after it was established. He is the senior instructor at the Exeter dojo.

Lucie Spiers also joined shortly after the club was established, and like James has taken all her dan grades in Japan.

Richard Perring was already dan graded before joining us on his return to Exeter in 2000.

Joe Dickinson was awarded his dan grade during our 2011 Japan trip.