Richard Smaridge

aikido teacher

Based in
Newton Abbot, Devon, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Ashburton, Devon

Rates: £5 for drop in, £35 for full course (8 weeks)

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Yondan (4th Dan) with the International Aikido Federation, awarded by Christian Tissier Sensei in 2008.

Started aikido in 1979 in Brighton with the Institute of Aikido. Then started intensive training under Danny Gunn (private student of Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei) in 1981. From then on studied under Kanetsuka Sensei in the UK, and began making regular trips to Paris to train with Christian Tissier Sensei around 1983.

Awarded Shodan (1st Dan) in 1986 by Kanetsuka Sensei, Nidan (2nd Dan) in 1989 by Kanetsuka Sensei, Sandan (3rd Dan) in 1998 by Tissier Sensei, and Yondan in 2008.

Have trained with many of the leading Shihan; Chiba Sensei, Tamura Sensei, Yamada Sensei, but have been particularly attracted by the approach of Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei, Seichiro Endo Sensei, Masatoshi Yasuno Sensei and the Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba.

Went to Japan in 2005 to train at the Hombu Dojo and was inspired by the approach of so many different sensei teaching in the same location without criticising each other, allowing each person to train with them and practise and develop their own approach.

Group Classes

Learn and practise aikido

Aikido is a defensive martial art which uses the force of an attack to destabilize the attacker, and either pin, or throw them. 'The bigger they are, the harder they fall'.

The ideal Aikido technique is one that does not damage the opponent, but redirects their force - a resolution, if you like.

The practice is full-contact (subject to how you want to work), physically very stretching and invigorating.

At the end of the eight week course there will be a grading.

It's a: 
Unit A2/A3 Bradley Mill, Bradley Lane,
Newton Abbot, TQ12 1LZ, Devon, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Fridays 5:30 - 6:30 Basics Fridays 6:30 - 7:30 Intermediate / Advanced
£5 drop in, £35 for a full course (eight evenings)



Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


Training in a Martial Art is a serious and, necessarily risky activity. Students must approach the art with the attitude of looking after themselves.

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