Seiryukan – 清流館
Traditional Japanese Martial Art School
Haywards Heath Sussex


A martial art that is welcoming to all that are willing to learn.

Beginners Aikido Classes Haywards Heath Sussex

Aikido (合気道) is a traditional Japanese martial art with its origins dating back nearly a thousand years to the early days of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu (大東流柔術). Aikido is the martial art of the Tokyo Riot police and is taught to all Tokyo policewomen as self defence.

Here at Seiryukan (清流館) we are members of Renshinkai Aikido Japan (合気道錬身会) and follow the teachings of Tsutomu Chida Sensei with close links and regular visits to Japan. Soke Chida Sensei was Gozo Shioda’s (塩田 剛三) longest serving uchi-deshi an apprenticeship served living and training in the dojo full time. From this and his continued long training he has developed a teaching style that offers clear concise teaching without the chance of misinterpretation.

We run our club under the same principles as Renshinkai Japan spreading the teachings of Gozo Shioda (塩田 剛三) as a non profit club.

We provide a welcoming environment for beginners

Read our beginners page to find more information about Aikido and our club Renshinkai Aikido in Sussex, Haywards Heath. If you have any questions before you come for your free trial lesson then please don’t hesitate to contact us

Morihei Ueshiba – 植芝 盛平

Gozo Shioda -塩田 剛三

Tsutomu Chida – 千田 務


Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平  December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969)

Gozo Shioda (塩田 剛三  September 9, 1915 – July 17, 1994)

Tsutomu Chida (千田 務  born 4 October 1950)

Morihei Ueshiba Aikido

Morihei Ueshiba

The founder and creator of Aikido, who studied many martial arts as a young man before studying Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu and later in his life refining it to Aikido. The Aikido he developed consists of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent’s attack.

Gozo Shioda Aikido

Gozo Shioda

An apprentice (uchi-deshi 内弟子) to Morihei Ueshiba who went on to found Yoshinkan Aikido (養神館) and develop a structured teaching style opening Aikido up to all people. He was one of Morihei Ueshiba Sensei’s top students with Ueshiba Sensei commenting “Shioda’s basics are the best; they are very strong”

Tsutomu Chida Aikido

Tsutomu Chida

A top uchi-deshi to Gozo Shioda with the longest career at the Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo. He remains faithful to Gozo Shioda’s teaching and is working hard to pass the techniques and spirit he inherited on to the next generation of Aikido students and teachers.

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