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The Bristol Club of the KSMBDA

Who we are


We are the Bristol club in the Kolesnikov’s School of Mind and Body Development with Aikido organisation. We have clubs throughout the UK and offer you the chance to learn this martial art. Aikido can:

  • Improve your mental focus
  • Teach you a skilful form of self-defence
  • Show you how to re-direct energy safely
  • Increase your Ki through special exercises and meditation

Every Wednesday: 8:15pm – 9:45pm

Lessons suited to all abilities, from complete beginners to experienced students. Classes are only open to Adults at the moment, mainly due to the lateness of our lessons and teacher availability.

Your 1st lesson is free, this will enable you to find out if Aikido is something for you.


To train regularly with us you need to become a member of the organisation. This is a yearly fee of £45. Then you only need to pay for the lessons you attend – which is currently £5. This Aikido club is a “not for profit” voluntary organisation where all funds after costs are ploughed back into the club. Our coaches are volunteers, and do not charge for their coaching time.

You can also choose to pay £35 in advance to get 8 lessons. i.e. 1 free lesson.


The teachers


3rd Dan


3rd Dan


1st Dan

What's a Class Like?

Made in Bristol TV came along to one of our classes.


Courses 2016 - 2017

Join us on a weekend course – open to members and non-members

All Courses

Gradings: 10:30-11:30
Morning Course: 11:30-13:30
Lunch: 13:30-14:30
Afternoon Course: 14:30-16:30

*Dates and venues for 2017 are provisional

Saturday 12th November 2016


A Saturday course at our organisation’s home dojo.

Saturday 4th February 2017


Open to all abilities, why not come along and have a free hours training?

Saturday 18th March 2017

Northern Course

Location to be confirmed soon.

Sunday 19th March 2017

Kendal Course

Special Black Belt grading training. 

9:30am – 12:30pm followed by Sunday Lunch.

Sunday 19th May 2017

Bridport Course

Please note this is a Sunday, rather than Saturday.

Saturday 24th June 2017

Swindon Black Belt Grading

Includes teacher training in the morning, and a general course following the grading.

Summer School July 2017

22nd – 26th July Bridport

Mored details to follow, including cost and accommodation.

Saturday 16th September 2017

Northern Course

Location to be confirmed soon.

Sunday 12th November 2017

Bridport Course

Please note this is a Sunday, rather than Saturday.


A little bit about ourselves

The Club

We train in the upstairs dance studio at the Riverside Leisure Club in Little Stoke which is a 5 minute walk from the Patchway Railway station.

Classes are on Wednesday and are from 8:15pm to 9:45pm. Please arrive at 8:00pm to help get out the mats.

Beginners are welcome as is anyone who just wants to watch, but due to the nature of Ki Aikido it is best to get on the mat and have a go to get the feeling of what we do. To start, wear comfortable clothing that is not restrictive such as tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt (Shoes are removed before stepping on the mat). After a few classes you will need to invest in Gi (a white karate suit or Judo suit) which we can source for you.

If you’d like to acquire one yourself locally, is a great place.

Classes normally comprise of:

  • Stretching
  • Ki exercises and tests
  • Rolling
  • Aikido techniques
  • Meditation

Founded in 1982 by Wasyl Kolesnikov the Kolesnikov’s School of Mind and Body Development with Aikido aims to study mind and body coordination through the study of energy both static and in motion.

Sensei Kolesnikov retired in 2014 and since then the organisation has been led by Phil Bolt. Sensei Phil’s home dojo is based in Swindon, which has now become the organisation’s Head Quarters.

The martial arts roots of Aikido provide a useful framework for this study, but through our Ki Society connections we also study the use of energy for healing purposes. We focus on the Ki as it is at the heart of Aikido. A translation of Aikido might be:

( ) Ai – Harmony
( ) Ki – Energy, Spirit or Life Energy
( ) Do – Way or method

So a full translation is “The way of harmony with energy” but a fuller translation is “The way of harmony with the Universe”.

The body should be triangular, the mind circular. The triangle represents the generation of energy and is the most stable physical posture. The circle symbolises serenity and perfection, the source of unlimited techniques. The square stands for solidity, the basis of applied control.

Morihei Ueshiba

We are not affiliated with the Shin Shin Toitsu organisation and have no formal links to any organisation in Japan.


Visit one of our other clubs throughout the UK

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