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Merseyside Aikido Fellowship

The Merseyside Aikido Fellowship (MAF) is a small non-profit making independent group of Aikidoka (Aikido students) based in Liverpool, UK.

Led by Chief Instructor Sensei Les Baker 2nd Dan so Honbu, the MAF is totally free from the politics sometimes found in other martial arts organisations and is simply committed to teaching traditional Aikido.

New students are very warmly welcomed and are quickly integrated into the school. It’s important to all of us when teaching or participating in a class that we make new students and the junior grades feel included.

It’s not just by chance that the first requirement on the MAF grading syllabus is reigei. Reigei is the etiquette we show inside the dojo but this also extends to our lives outside of the dojo.

Along with reigei, the first level of progress includes a range of basic movements that can be learned relatively quickly. Early initial gradings bring new Aikidoka closer to the student group. After that and with lots of hard work, there is plenty of time for students to develop at their own pace.

As much as a martial art, Aikido is a holistic study. Both the love of the art and deep friendships are built into the ethos of our organisation.

Merseyside Aikido Fellowship
Masakatsu Agatsu, Katsuhayabi
True victory is self-victory; let that day arrive quickly!