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The Aikido Fellowship of Great Brtain

was established in the early 1960’s by Shihan Ralph Reynolds the pioneer of Aikido in the West Midlands.

Shihan Ralph Reynolds

by Author NameSept 8th, 2016

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    The founding member of The Aikido Fellowship of Great Britain is Shihan Ralph Reynolds..

    He was accepted as one of the foremost exponents of Aikido in the U.K. 

    Shihan Ralph Reynolds founded the Aikido Fellowship in the early 1960's at the Birmingham Sports Centre (previously the Birmingham Athletic Institute).

    Shihan originally started his Aikido career in the early 1950's initially under the tutelage of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. Some years later Nakazano Sensei visited the UK as a representative of the Japanese Aikikai. During his visit to the UK Mr. Nakazano graded a few of Abbe Sensei's students to Dan grade (Black Belt). One of these students was Shihan Reynolds. 

    After returning to Japan Mr. Nakazano issued Shihan's Dan grade Certificate, which was signed by Morihei Ueshiba himself. It was not long after this that Shihan started the Aikido Fellowship. 

    Shihan pioneered the practicing of Aikido in the West Midlands and most of today's senior ranking Dan grades were originally instructed by Shihan himself.  

    In 2000, the City of Birmingham honored Shihan for over 40 years of coaching by presenting him with a "Life Time Achievement" award from the Birmingham Sports Advisory Council. This achievement was also recognised by the British Aikido Board who also presented Shihan with an award in the same year.

    Heads of our Association

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    Hanshi Jayne Phelps


    Hanshi Jayne Phelps - President and Chief Instructor of the Aikido Fellowship of Great Britain 

    Sensei Jacqui Holden

    Vice president

    Jacqui blah blah

    Sensei Andrew Holden


    Andrew blah blah

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    Why Choose Us


    The Aikido Fellowship is renowned for its high standards of technical and coaching excellence and is considered to be a premier Aikido association, highly regarded in the Aikido world.


    The Aikido Fellowship comprises of clubs situated throughout the UK. The headquarters of the Aikido Fellowship is at The Ralph Reynolds Aikido Academy based in Birmingham, England

    Aikido for All

    The Aikido Fellowship promotes an "Aikido for all" policy, providing an open learning environment for all abilities, age, gender etc.