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The Kendal Club of the KSMBDA

Who we are


We are the Kendal club in the Kolesnikov’s School of Mind and Body Development with Aikido organisation. We have clubs throughout the UK and offer you the chance to learn this martial art. Aikido can:

  • Improve your mental focus
  • Teach you a skilful form of self-defence
  • Show you how to re-direct energy safely
  • Increase your Ki through special exercises and meditation

Every Wednesday: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Lessons suited to all abilities, from complete beginners to experienced students. Classes are only open to Adults at the moment, mainly due to the lateness of our lessons and teacher availability.

Your 1st lesson is £1, this will enable you to find out if Aikido is something for you.


To train regularly with us you need to become a member of the organisation. This is a yearly fee of £45. Then you only need to pay for the lessons you attend – which is currently £7. This Aikido club is a “not for profit” voluntary organisation where all funds after costs are ploughed back into the club. Our coaches are volunteers, and do not charge for their coaching time.

You can also choose to pay a month in advance for £6 a lesson.

What's a Class Like?

Made in Bristol TV went to class in the Bristol dojo – watch their video to get an idea of what Aikido is.



Join us on a weekend course – open to members and non-members. For all the latest dates view them here:


A little bit about ourselves

The Club

Beginners are welcome as is anyone who just wants to watch, but due to the nature of Ki Aikido it is best to get on the mat and have a go to get the feeling of what we do. To start, wear comfortable clothing that is not restrictive such as tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt (Shoes are removed before stepping on the mat). After a few classes you will need to invest in Gi (a white karate suit or Judo suit) which we can source for you.

If you’d like to acquire one yourself locally, is a great place.

Classes normally comprise of:

  • Stretching
  • Ki exercises and tests
  • Rolling
  • Aikido techniques
  • Meditation

Founded in 1982 by Wasyl Kolesnikov the Kolesnikov’s School of Mind and Body Development with Aikido aims to study mind and body coordination through the study of energy both static and in motion.

Sensei Kolesnikov retired in 2014 and since then the organisation has been led by Phil Bolt. Sensei Phil’s home dojo is based in Swindon, which has now become the organisation’s Head Quarters.

The martial arts roots of Aikido provide a useful framework for this study, but through our Ki Society connections we also study the use of energy for healing purposes. We focus on the Ki as it is at the heart of Aikido. A translation of Aikido might be:

( ) Ai – Harmony
( ) Ki – Energy, Spirit or Life Energy
( ) Do – Way or method

So a full translation is “The way of harmony with energy” but a fuller translation is “The way of harmony with the Universe”.

The body should be triangular, the mind circular. The triangle represents the generation of energy and is the most stable physical posture. The circle symbolises serenity and perfection, the source of unlimited techniques. The square stands for solidity, the basis of applied control.

Morihei Ueshiba

We are not affiliated with the Shin Shin Toitsu organisation and have no formal links to any organisation in Japan.


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