Welcome to Gowa Ryu Aikido

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The GOWA RYU, which translated means “Five Ring System”, is located in Ashford, Kent. This martial arts school was founded by Jim Dempster, sandan in 2004.

We are part of the British Aikido Association. As a member of this association, the club enjoys a great wealth of knowledge and experience dating back over 40 years, and regular seminars are held throughout England where the clubs can get together and share their experience of Aikido.

Although we mainly teach ‘Tomiki’ aikido, Traditional & Yoshinkan styles are also explored during the training sessions.

At present, we have a fairly diverse level of ability ranging from beginner to Dan level. Everybody is welcome to join regardless of age, gender or fitness level.

All of the coaches are nationally qualified to teach Aikido and hold public liability insurance.

We train every Tuesdays and Fridays (except the 1st Friday of the month):

  • 6:30 – 7:30pm: Juniors
  • 7:30 – 9:30: Adults

The dojo is at the SWAN CENTRE, Turner Close, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0PQ.
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