Welcome to Aikido Yuishinkai Manchester

Aikido Yuishinkai Manchester (originally The University of Manchester Aikido Club) was founded in November 1988 by Jonathan Davies Sensei and Sarah Williams Sensei. We are a member of Aikido Yuishinkai under the direct guidance and teaching of Maruyama Sensei, a student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. 

We are a small, friendly club with a broad range of members. Although the club is based at the University you don’t have to be a University student to come along, the classes are open to anyone of 18 years upwards who is interested in trying aikido. 

The club was originally part of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) until UMIST merged with Manchester University and the club moved to its current home at the Sugden Sports Centre. The club has welcomed thousands of students over the last 30 years, many of whom still practice and teach aikido in the UK and overseas, as far afield as Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. We have a well defined grading system which is designed to take students through the foundation exercises and techniques in a way that builds on previous experiences and helps students to see their own progress and achievement. Over the years more than 30 club members have trained to 1st dan and many have then continued to 2nd and 3rd dan.

Aikido Yuishinkai Manchester is affiliated to the British Aikido Board (BAB) - the governing body for aikido in the UK and recognised by Sport England. We are dedicated to the safe, enjoyable and relevant practice of aikido. Our Principal Coaches are long term members of the BAB and are both Senior Coaches and Coach Tutors so that we enjoy a high standard of teaching and progression. All club teachers and many club members attend regular seminars with Maruyama Sensei and the Aikido Yuishinkai international instructors.


At the Sugden Sports Centre

114 Grosvenor St

Manchester M1 7HL  

0161 503 2760

7:15 - 9:15pm Friday

Fees: £6 per class for everyone

Or 10 classes for £50, saving you £10

Membership is £10 for the first year, this covers your insurance as well as membership to the club. You can try two classes before deciding to join, membership is then payable at the third class.


All classes are open to beginners, who are always welcome! No martial arts suit required, so you can wear t-shirt and track-suit trousers.

Visit our Facebook pages here -

 Keitenshin Kan our general dojo page

University of Manchester Aikido Club our Manchester University page


Jonathan Davies 5th Dan

Sarah Williams 5th Dan

Dave Hines 3rd Dan

Hugh Lee-Smith 3rd Dan

Paul Egan 1st Dan