Aikido & Kenjutsu Dojo

Dorking, Surrey, UK

Contact: Nicola Endicott on Tel: 01306-640389 or

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Class Times & Cost


Joining the class

What to Wear

About  the  Dojo

Teaching Style

What happens during a  class

About the Teacher

Benefits of practice

Links to Other Dojos in London

This page was last updated on the 03/01/2014

Aikido & Kenjutsu Class Times & Cost

Weekly combined Aikido & Kenjutsu  Classes are on:     


MONDAYS  10am-11.30am at Dorking Sports Centre

WEDNESDAYS    7:00 - 9:00pm at the Westcott Reading Room, Surrey.



The classes are open to adults and teenagers, women and men.

If you are attending the class, please arrive 20-30 minutes earlier. This will allow time for you to change and to help set up the mats on which we practice.

Classes run all year round except for: 2 weeks closing at Xmas/ New Year.

Costs per 2 hour class:    

£13per class for adults

£9 per class for teenagers


Block booking: 5 consecutive classes in advance:

£45 cash or cheque paid in advance ( this works out at £8/class).                 


Block booking: 10 consecutive classes in advance:

£80 cash or cheque paid in advance ( this works out at £7.50/class).              


Monthly Standing Order fees- 1 class/week  (average 4 classes/ month):

 £38 per month


* Please note with the advance payments, whether monthly or in blocks of consecutive classes, if you miss a class then this is your loss, you do not get an extra class later that month.

Annual Dojo membership ( including insurance) :  £25 per year for all ages.

Membership runs from January each year and ends in December, whenever you join.


The Westcott reading Room, 
Institute Road (left off A25 from Dorking, right off A25 from Guildford)
Westcott, Surrey RH4 3NP.

There is a bus service no. 21 from Dorking railway station at 6:15pm or White Horse on Dorking High St at 6:19pm arriving in Westcott Green at 6:26pm.

There is ample parking in front of the venue and it is free.

Want to join the class

All new attendees are required to watch the first class, for which there is no charge. This applies even if you have already practiced Aikido or other martial arts before. You will need to assess whether what is being studied is of interest to you and whether the style of teaching suits you, before you join. You may join in on the second class.

If you have any questions you can ask the teacher after the class.

What to wear

Beginners can wear a track suit or loose fitting clothes to start with; unless of course you happen to have a martial arts suit with a white belt, which would be ideal. No shoes are needed, bare feet is the norm.

Once you have decided to practice regularly, you will be expected to buy yourself a martial art suit (a karate or judo suit is suitable for Aikido) and your own sword.

About the Teachers:

Nicola Endicott has been studying martial arts for 28 years and Aikido for the last 23years. In 1994, she was awarded a black belt 1st Dan in Aikido when in Japan. She received her 2nd Dan on a summer course in Wales with Inaba Sensei in 2006, she recently was awarded her 3rd DAN in January 2012. Since 1990, her practise of Aikido has also been informed and influenced by her Meditation and Shiatsu practise. Nicola is also a Shiatsu practitioner and runs a Shiatsu practices in SW London and Dorking, Surrey.

About the Dojo

The dojo was set up by Nicola Endicott and first started in Battersea, London, in March 1998; a weekly class run there for 10 years. From September 2007, a weekly class was started in Dorking and this now continues in Westcott near Dorking. The class numbers are small (4-12), which allows for more individual tuition.

The dojo is a member of the International Shiseikan Budo Association (ISBA), which connects 29 dojos worldwide with the Shiseikan Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.

What happens during a class

This Aikido training focuses first on the health of the participant, that is the state of their body and mind. Thus the beginning of the class is spent gently stretching the body and practising some breathing and centering exercises; so slowly relaxing tensions in the body and calming the myriad of thoughts in the mind. This enables one be in a more relaxed, focused and balanced state before interacting with others.

The second part of the class is what most people imagine to be a martial art and involves practising defence against set attacks. Self-defence is achieved through blending and absorbing the energy and movement of an attack, creating in turn a positive movement that ideally does not endanger the receiver or attacker. This is a skill that can be developed with time, and is easier said than done! It involves unlearning habits such as: pre-empting, pushing away, getting anxious, scared, getting into a fight, etc. New habits, such as: softening one's body, receiving from centre, standing still in the face of conflict and much more are practised, and often can be useful for everyday life too.

A third part of the class is dedicated to the practice of Kashima Shinryu Kenjutsu, a sword form practised with wooden or bamboo swords. Practising this sword form requires many of the same skills as the empty hand work described above, it can also help you develop more focus and alertness.

About the Teaching Style

The Aikido style practised is focused primarily on developing an understanding of the principles of Aikido, such as how to move from your centre and with your breath. It is not focused on learning technique. Though technique is taught, it is more as a tool to help understand the principles rather than as end in itself. In terms of known styles it is not 'tomiki' or 'ki-aikido', it is also not strictly 'traditional' since it does not focus on learning technique.

The Kashima Shinryu Kenjutsu uses mainly wooden swords, the sword being an extension of the practitioner, using many of the same principles as learnt in the Aikido. We study specific sword forms which we practise with a partner.

Benefits of practicing Aikido and Kenjutsu - what students say:

“I find it settles my mind and relaxes me”
“Physically I have noticed improvements in my posture and a reduction in back pain”
“I enjoy the added fitness and flexibility”
“It can be applied to all aspects of life; it has noticeably benefited my  home and work life, as well as my relationships”
“Aikido has helped my concentration and ability to focus”
“It has given me confidence and strength; I can cope better in times of stress”

Other London Dojos

Konjiki Dojo: Located in New Cross, South East London

East Sheen Dojo: South West London near Barnes

Tetsushinkan Dojo: Located in Stoke Newington, North East London


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