Welcome to Cocks Moors Woods Central Aikikai

Aikido classes have been running at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre in Birmingham since the Centre opened in 1984. Cocks Moors Woods Central Aikikai is a strong dojo with many students, and is recognised nationally for its quality and high standards. It is affiliated to the British Birankai organisation under the technical direction of Master Chiba Sensei.

We are part of the Central Aikikai, which also includes Ei Oh Kan and Tudor Grange. We are also associated with Dornbirn Aikikai and Hohenems Aikikai in Austria. Please use the main menu at the top of the page to learn more about Aikido and the dojo. New beginners highly encouraged to take part! Click here for details.



Sensei Mark Pickering

6th Dan, Shidoin and member of the British Birankai Teaching Committee. Chairman of Birankai Austria.

Sensei Stuart Lovering

Chief instructor 4th Dan Shidoin: Tudor Grange.

Sensei Andy Colclough

Assistant Instructor 3rd Dan Fukushidoin: Cocks Moors Woods

Sensei Jonathan Thomas

Assistant Instructor 1st Dan: Cocks Moors Woods

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Time Age Class
19:30 - 20:30 Juniors (age 6 and above) General Aikido
19:30 – 20:30 Adults General Aikido
20:30 – 21:30 Adults General Weapons


Time Age Class
18:15 - 19:15 Juniors (age 6 and above) General Aikido and Weapons
19:30 – 20:30 Adults Beginners Aikido
20:30 – 21:30 Adults Beginners Weapons

Classes (two hour class)

Please note: After 3rd lesson Non Members will be asked to join the organisation.

Adults £5.00 per night
Students / Unwaged £4.00 per night
Junior BB members

£4.00 1 Hour

Family of 3 or more £10 when all family members are on the mat.

Junior non-BB members £4.50 1 Hour for each of first 3 lessons.


Family of 3 or more Grading fee of £5 each plus combined £10 total class rate.

Adults £15 Plus Class Fee
Juniors £5 Plus Class Fee

Memberships (per year)

Includes 3rd party Liability insurance.

Adult Waged £45
Adult Unwaged/student £25
Junior £20


Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre

Alcester Road South

Kings Heath


B14 6ER

Contact Mark

Email mpickering8@googlemail.com

Phone number 0775 448 0805

We are delighted to be able to provide the opportunity for new beginners to take part in Aikido in the West Midlands, an outstanding way to improve fitness for somebody of any ability. Training vastly improves balance, agility and coordination as well as relieving mental health problems such as stress. Our dedicated teachers have years of experience and provide excellent guidance. Come and join us on your path to self defence and well being.

New starter class takes place every Thursday evening from 7.30pm till 8.30pm at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre in Kings Heath at the cost of only 5 pounds for waged and 4.00 pounds for unwaged / students. At Cocks Moors Woods Aikido beginners are given a warm welcome with the assistance of one of our senior instructors, at a pace you can manage, and all members of the dojo provide care and support. We are happy to provide detailed information below to help provide a base of knowledge:

All that is required for a first training session is to arrive 20 minutes before training for a quick chat about your interests, and anything that might need to be taken into account during training.

If you have any queries or would like to declare interest in taking part please find contact details below. We hope to see you soon!

Junior classes are held twice a week at the leisure centre and children can start from the age of 6 years. Classes are popular and any child is welcome to come along and have a go. Our students find that, while they are having fun and learning the basics of Aikido, they are also developing self-confidence, discipline and respect for themselves and others. Classes involve Body Art (basic aikido movements), introduction to basic weapons and games.

Gradings are held two or three times a year where students have the opportunity to show what they have learnt and how they are developing, and to progress through the grading levels. All classes are led by fully qualified Coaches with enhanced CRB checks, PI insurance and Emergency First Aid. We have two Child Protection Officers and take the welfare of our students very seriously.

Date Title Venue Region Type
TBC BB Autumn course TBC TBC National
5/11/16 Joint Aikido Course Cocksmoorswoods Central Aikikai Birmingham Local
3/12/16 Xmas Party Britannnia Room Wythall community Association Birmingham Local
19/12/16 TG last class Solihul Local
21/12/16 CMW last class Birmingham Local
03/03/2017 - 05/03/2017 Birankai Austria Spring Course Aikikai Dornbirn Austria

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Aikido is the principle of non-resistance. Because it is non-resistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished.

Morihei Ueshiba (founder of Aikido)

Aikido is the Japanese martial art that uses a system of holds, throws, and locks as its principal movements. The art focuses on controlling one’s ki (vital energy within the body that is centered in the abdominal region) to subdue an opponent. Aikido principles hold that the mind and body are one. When a person acts in this manner, great power is possible. By joining with the motion of an attack and taking control of its force, it is possible to redirect the power of the attack safely and effectively.

Aikido was developed in the early 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 - 1969); known to his students as O-Sensei (Great Teacher). A legendary master of several schools of martial arts, O-Sensei was also a deeply spiritual man. An early taste of war forged his opposition to the use of martial arts for destructive purposes. His pursuits of these passions led him to the development of Aikido, a discipline designed to control aggression and violence, as well as help people realise their full potential as individuals: physically, mentally and spiritually.

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