“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined,

a body that can be trained in some manner,

a suitable path to follow.”

– Morihei Ueshiba


Daily Training Experience

Guided Exploration of the Takemusu Aikido System

With Michael Ormerod, 3rd Dan Aikikai

What does aikido have to offer me?

Our Daily Training Experience is an in-depth exploration of the art of Aikido, and is guided by Michael Ormerod – Chief Instructor of the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo. An opportunity to go deeply into a modern embodiment practice, rooted in the Japanese Martial Tradition. The training is serious and demanding, but always carried out in a playful and joyful manner, designed to engage and challenge the beginner and seasoned practitioner of all levels. You will be guided in this journey with the help of detailed instruction – on a technical, feeling, and energetic level. The main challenge with the training is to ‘convert’ the audio/ visual teachings into a kinaesthetic feeling-sensation in your own body-being. The most important thing is to allow yourself to listen more deeply to your own body and eventually, through your own efforts, become your own teacher!

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

Train with our existing members located all around the world, from your own home!

What is included in the daily training?

  • Daily Training (8 classes per week – plus one monthly workshop) to help guide you further on the path of Aikido.
  • Each lesson is structured around a theme: beginning with a full body loosening and warmup routine, before moving onto solo weapons and bodywork training. Always moving from the simple to the complex; from the basics to the increasingly challenging advanced levels.
  • The classes will give you a deeper understanding of your own practice and the ability to learn how to use solo training for self-guidance and progression.
  • How to take an process orientated approach to the training method with an aim to help bring the art of Aikido more closely aligned to your daily life.
  • Access to our full video catalogue and private Social Network Groups is included for all members.


Your first week of classes is free of charge. Register today to claim your free weekly pass, with no commitment or obligation to continue. This is so that you can try the classes and to ensure that the schedule fits with your existing commitments. If you find the training valuable and decide you would like to continue further, you can commit yourself to the full Daily Training schedule on a monthly Membership basis.



Every Weekday: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 09:00 + questions/ discussion period


Every Monday + Wednesday + Friday 19:00 – 20:00 + questions/ discussion period

IMPORTANT – All times are Central European Time (CET) UTC+01:00

You can convert the class times to your time zone using following page:



The classes focus on solo exercises for bokken (wooden sword), jo (wooden staff) , tai-jutsu (empty hand bodywork). If you have bokken and jo from previous or current martial arts study then please use these. If not – many of our students have started with simple wooden poles, which can be purchased very cheaply from any DIY or Hardware store. If in doubt, get in touch with Michael for further advice and info.

Ideally, you will have a minimum of 2×2 m for the exercises – a high ceiling is recommended.

A yoga mat or similar soft matted surface is recommended although not necessary, some parts of the classes will work on the floor, however alternatives are always possible.

Who the classes are for:

  • Those interested in deepening their own personal practice.
  • Individuals who have always wanted to train daily in martial arts, but have never found the right dojo, opportunity, or time.
  • Anyone looking for a creative movement practice designed to move you towards a greater sense of freedom and mobility.
  • Seekers who want to get to know their bodies and mind better.
  • Anybody looking for greater well-being through an energising ritualised daily practice.

If you have an interest in Martial Arts, a passion for conscious body movement, and a willingness to delve deeper into your self, then the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo community warmly welcomes you!

“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

About Michael Ormerod:

Michael Ormerod began his training in Aikido at the age of 15 in the UK. He has trained extensively throughout Europe and under taken an intensive training period in Japan under the guidance of Hiroki Nemoto Sensei (7th Dan) and training in the Founder’s Dojo and Hombu Dojo. In 2016 he began a full time apprenticeship under his teacher Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros (6th Dan), training and teaching in the Takemusu Aikido Motril Dojo and attending international seminars as assistant. Michael has over 10 years of teaching experience, and in January 2018 he established Takemusu Aikido Orgiva, offering classes to children and adults. In 2019 Michael received the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) from the Aikikai in Japan, Tokyo. 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 and the comfort of knowing that Aikido is just a click away under any circumstances.

What students say about THE classes:

“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

“Michael’s online training is fun, motivating and deepens my understanding of Takemusu Aikido. For me, a perfect complement to training in my home dojo. In short: highly recommended.” – Roland, Germany

“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

“Michael’s attention to detail is phenomenal, and his broad and deep knowledge of Aikido helps me tremendously with my understanding of the techniques.” – Sarina, UK

How does it work?

All classes are online, live, and interactive – taken as part of a group via Zoom Meetings. The Online Dojo is a community of members from many different countries, all training in the spirit of sharing and learning together. Class times are scheduled at a specific time and consist of daily morning classes and a weekly evening class (time-zone dependant). Each lesson is also recorded Live for you to review after the class in your own time – or in case you miss a class, you can follow along at a more convenient time. Sign up today, and you will receive all the necessary information to access the live classes and recorded content.


We use the same meeting number for all the classes – so this will not change. Zoom will save the number for you so you shouldn’t need to re enter it for every class, just select the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo.



Meeting ID: 538 564 6359

If you haven’t used Zoom before the best thing is to download to your PC or Laptop.

🔸 ZOOM DOWNLOAD: https://zoom.us/download

Get started now:

Register now to gain access to all daily classes and our monthly 3 hour Weekend Workshops. The Workshops are focussed on a specific theme designed to help broaden and deepen your knowledge of a particular area of the Takemusu System.

You will also gain access to our active Social Network Private Groups, via WhatsApp group chat and Facebook Groups. These provide a platform for dialogue and sharing of ideas and information between training times.


If you have any questions or require further information you can get in touch with Michael email or send a message through Whatsapp:



If all of the above sounds attractive and you are up for the challenge, you can register using the below form – once you have registered for the classes you will receive instructions of how to begin…

As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”