Aikido Events

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Piers Cooke masterclass

Sunday 17th March 2024

11am – 4.00pm Hampstead Dojo

Masterclass seminar with Sensei Piers Cooke. Sensei Cooke is 7th Dan and Chair of the British Aikido Board. He also supervises the training of trainers. He’s a highly experienced and inspiring teacher himself, so this seminar promises to be very interesting.

£15 (£10 concessions). Places are strictly limited. Book your place now

Spring gradings

Thursday 21st March 2024

7.30-9pm Hampstead Dojo

Conquer your fear of conflict

Verbal Aikido

Friday 19th April 2024 – Evening introductory workshop

Saturday-Sunday 20th-21st April – Advanced class

Luke Archer founder of Verbal Aikido


Unleash your inner strength and conquer the fear of conflict with our interactive Verbal Aikido Workshop! Join us for a transformative experience where you’ll learn the art of gracefully navigating confrontation.

Numbers are limited – book now

Luke Archer, creator of Verbal Aikido, will guide you through interactive exercises, role-playing, and enlightening discussions, empowering you to confidently diffuse tension, build understanding, and master the art of conflict resolution.

Whether you’re a professional seeking a means to manage difficulties in the workplace, or an individual looking to enhance personal relationships, this workshop is your gateway to becoming a fearless, conflict-ready communicator.

Embrace the opportunity to grow, book now, and unlock the power within you through Verbal Aikido®!

Luke Archer is an Irish-born specialist in communication and education. He is the founder of Verbal Aikido SASU, a conflict management training organization, and the creator and head-developer of the VA Practice.

Since its creation in 2009 he has written a selection of books about Verbal Aikido and has trained thousands of people around the world to develop their skills in de-escalating conflict in the workplace and in social contexts.

He specialises in working in the educational and socio-medical sectors, recently bringing VA to school children from the age of 5 and up. He continues to hold a weekly VA online dojo and trains future VA practitioners and facilitators through the VA Academy.

You can read about the practice both on the website and in his latest book From Conflict to Conversation.

Luke only comes to the UK every few years and numbers are very limited.

Book your place now

ADL Annual Course

Saturday-Sunday 22nd – 23rd June 2024

Location: Midlands. Details to be announced.

Summer gradings

Thursday 27th June 2024

7.30-9pm Hampstead Dojo

Autumn gradings

Thursday 26th September 2024

7.30-9pm Hampstead Dojo

Winter gradings

Thursday 19th December 2024

7.30-9pm Hampstead Dojo