I started my Aikido training in Totnes back in 2003 with Sensei John Stoner. He was a incredible teacher and inspirational character and he completely altered my outlook on the world. Sensei John passed away some years back but some of his students are now teaching clubs of their own as part of the Independent Association of Ki Clubs that he founded in 2005.

I started my club in Buckfastleigh back in 2011 and over the years Melissa Milne has been assisting me and teaching the class when I couldn’t be there. Now the club is well established and Mel has decided to open her own club in Totnes, assisted by Zarah. Mel (3rd dan) and Zarah (1st dan) were two of Sensei John’s most loyal and dedicated students and so it’s really fitting that are opening this new club in Totnes. I’m very, very excited for them!

My teacher taught me things I never thought could be possible and opened my mind to a completely different way of thinking. Aikido has been the trellis over which my life has grown for the last 15 years. Getting on the mat for the first time is still the best thing I’ve ever done.

Pretty much anyone can learn Aikido – I’ve known someone who practiced in a wheelchair, while another man who only had one arm went on to teach. Sensei John used to say, “If you can get on the mat, you can learn Aikido.”

If you’re interested in learning this way of life that we call Aikido, have a look at our website at: https://setsudo-ki-aikido.org/ or get in touch with Zarah on: 07443 868600

“In our techniques we enter completely into, blend totally with, and control firmly an attack. Strength resides where one’s ki is concentrated and stable; confusion and maliciousness arise when ki stagnates.”

Morehei Ueshiba – Founder of Aikido

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Sensei John
Sensei John Stoner: Just lower your arm.
Me: I’m trying!
Sensei: Don’t try.
Me: ?
Sensei: Stop trying and just do it!
Me: Oh.
Me: Thank you, Sensei!