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Welcome to Shobu Aikido


An association founded by George Forbes Sensei (7th Dan) who has been practising and teaching Aikido for over 35 years. He has studied in Japan, Belgium, France, Spain and the USA on a regular basis with many different Sensei. But, his passion is Aikido as was taught by Nobuyoshi Tamura Shihan (8th Dan) and Pierre Chassang Shihan (8th Dan) who was the Technical Director of Shobu Aikido UK but sadly passed away in April 2013.

A personal tribute by George Forbes Sensei to this great master can be read here.


The style of Aikido practised within Shobu is based upon the foundations given by Tamura Shihan.

The teachings of the foundations practised inside and outside the dojo lead to martial wisdom – Shobu Aikido.


Literally "the way of harmony", Aikido training involves physical, mental, spiritual and ethical disciplines. It includes empty-hand techniques, sword, stick and knife defences and is unique among the martial arts.

George Forbes