Latest information

2024 updates


Regular classes:


Thursday 7:15pm - 8:45pm (All levels)

Saturday 10:30am - 12:30pm (All levels)


Ashmoor Leisure Centre

(South Devon Community College)

Balland Lane

Ashburton TQ13 7EW





We run 6 week beginners courses in the new year.  The next begins on 4th January.  It is £40 for six Thursday evening classes (would normally be £48).


That should give you a chance to get used to the form of the practice; how to fall safely, how to move with good alignment and coordinate your movemnts to use the most powerful muscles first.  You will also learn the basic techniques and get used to practising the basic principles.



Courses coming up this year:


Pascal DURCHON (6th Dan Aikikai) 

February 24th and 25th 


Dimitri CRENIER (6th Dan Aikikai)

April 13th and 14th.


To be arranged - we hope to re-establish our week long course with Pascal in August 2024



Also - through our 'sister' club, Yokohama International Aikido Devon, there will also be a major event later this year - details to follow!





Our teacher's teachers

Pascal Durchon (5th Dan Aikikai)

Pascal's website


Pascal has been an extrordinary influence on the development of the Brighton Aikikai, and the aikido of it's practicioners and teachers.  The teachers have come and gone, but Pascal has continued, for almost 30 years now, to visit Brighton and humour us and inspire and move us with his technical skill, kindness and inspiring presentations on the principles of aikido.  This November he visits South Devon Aikikai!

Christian Tissier (7th Dan Aikikai)

Cercle Tissier


One of the most influential aikidoka alive today.  The technical director of the FFAAA, with a membership of around 35,000 practioners, it is difficult to overstate his impact on the world of aikido.  A personal student of Yamaguchi Sensei for over 30 years, he studied Aikido, Kick Boxing and Kenjutsu in Japan for seven years before returning to France to develop the FFAAA.

Linda Holliday (6th Dan Aikikai)

Linda's website