Cocks Moors Woods Aikido

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Aikido classes have been running at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre in Birmingham since the Centre opened in 1984. Cocks Moors Woods Central Aikikai is a strong dojo with many students, and is recognised nationally for its quality and high standards. It is affiliated to the British Birankai organisation under the technical direction of Master Chiba Sensei.


We are part of the Central Aikikai, which also includes Ei Oh Kan and Tudor Grange. We are also associated with Dornbirn Aikikai in Austria. Please use the main menu at the top of the page to learn more about Aikido and the dojo. New beginners highly encouraged to take part! Click below for details.





Courses and special classes

Gallery from last course

Sensei Mark Pickering

6th Dan, Shihan chief instructor of Cocks Moors Woods dojo and member of the British Birankai Teaching Committee.


Footage of Shihan Pickering in action with tanto

Footage of Shihan Pickering in action


Sensei Stuart Lovering

5th Dan Shidoin Chief instructor Tudor Grange dojo and member of the British Birankai Teaching Committee.





Sensei Andy Colclough

Instructor 4th Dan Shidoin Cocks Moors Woods dojo.





Sensei Trevor Doxsey

Assistant Instructor 2nd Dan: Cocks Moors Woods



Sensei Jonathan Thomas

Assistant Instructor 1st Dan: Cocks Moors Woods





More information about instructors…


Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre

Alcester Road South

Kings Heath


B14 6ER

Contact Mark


Phone number 0775 448 0805

Aikido is the principle of non-resistance. Because it is non-resistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished.

Morihei Ueshiba (founder of Aikido)

Aikido is the Japanese martial art that uses a system of holds, throws, and locks as its principal movements. The art focuses on controlling one’s ki (vital energy within the body that is centered in the abdominal region) to subdue an opponent. Aikido principles hold that the mind and body are one. When a person acts in this manner, great power is possible. By joining with the motion of an attack and taking control of its force, it is possible to redirect the power of the attack safely and effectively.

Aikido was developed in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969); known to his students as O-Sensei (Great Teacher). A legendary master of several schools of martial arts, O-Sensei was also a deeply spiritual man. An early taste of war forged his opposition to the use of martial arts for destructive purposes. His pursuits of these passions led him to the development of Aikido, a discipline designed to control aggression and violence, as well as help people realise their full potential as individuals: physically, mentally and spiritually.

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