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“One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.”

– Morihei Ueshiba

Welcome to the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo!

We are a dedicated group of Aikido enthusiasts training in the Takemusu Aikido line, a traditional form of Aikido that was passed on from O Sensei to the late Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928 – 2002). The philosophy of the Online Dojo is to create a space where we can share our practice wherever, whatever the current circumstances.

It is an opportunity to go deeply into a modern embodiment practice, rooted in the Japanese Martial Tradition and Culture. Whilst the training is serious and demanding, it is always carried out in a playful and joyful manner, designed to engage and challenge the beginner and seasoned practitioner of all levels.

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“You yourself have to change, and therefore you have to learn to observe, to know yourself.

This learning about yourself is a fascinating and joyous business.”

J. Krishnamurti

Early 2020 saw the creation of the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo, as a response to the Covid Pandemic – giving people the opportunity to continue their daily practice. All classes are online, live, and interactive – taken as part of a group via Zoom Meetings. Our community is made of members from many different countries, all training in the spirit of sharing and learning together.

Discover the Art of Non-Resistance

𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗗𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 is an in-depth exploration of the art of Aikido, guided by Michael Ormerod – 3rd Dan Aikikai.

The training weaves in and out of the Takemusu Bukiwaza and Taijutsu systems. The focus being on solo body and weapon work to help you gain a fuller understanding of the Principles that underline Aikido – Centering, Connecting, Blending, Harmonising, and essentially: Non-resistance.

Michael is a student of Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros – 6th Dan Aikikai, Chairman of Traditional Aikido Europe and direct student of the late Morihiro Saito – 9th Dan Aikikai.

“We discover that the richness of life isn’t all created by people, events, and acquisitions, but by our ability to open up and fully be with whatever is occurring – present in heart, body, mind, and connecting fully with others and with life.”

― Peter Ralston, The Book of Not Knowing

What students say about the Online Dojo:

“Michael’s classes feel very much like having a personal trainer. It feels like a very one-to-one relationship. He provides the motivation and inspiration and technical guidance, he sets the challenge. I remain focused on what I am doing and each class is an achievement of personal discovery.”

– Adrian, UK

“The online classes have brought me in contact with international participants and the feeling I get from the classes is always positive. It is an honour to be part of this group.”

– Bernie, Netherlands

Online Content:

The training is recorded LIVE and available for you to review in your own time. This can be accessed through YouTube. You can find over 500 videos uploaded on our Channel, including over 300 hour-long classes, Workshops, and week-long Intensives!

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