A VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF THE INSTITUTE OF AIKIDO & THE HUT DOJO – Birthplace of Aikido in the UK


The Renown Society was formed in 1966 by Sensei Ken Williams after Kenshiro Abbe sensei returned to Japan.

This was the original society teaching Aikido in the UK*.

Abbe sensei had been teaching both judo and aiki jutsu at The Hut, Hillingdon in the UK since the 1950s. The Renown Society broke up in 1969.

In 1973 at the request of senior ex-Renown Society Instructors, Sensei Foster formed the Institute of Aikido based at The Hut dojo, where he has been teaching ever since.

*There is still some uncertainty as to who was the first to practice/teach Aikido in the UK but the information above comes from “the horses mouth” ie people who were actually there at the time. If anyone out there knows better please let us know.

Sensei Haydn W. Foster
Sensei Foster, Principal Coach began his Aikido career in the 1950s being awarded
1st Dan by Abbe sensei in 1960, 2nd Dan by Nakazono sensei in 1962 3rd Dan by Noro sensei in 1969.

The Institute Style
The style of Aikido practised by the Institute of Aikido comprises traditional Aikido combined with a comprehensive use of the Jo and Bokken. The resultant blending of the mental, spiritual and physical attributes of the practitioner provides a sound, self defensive martial art whilst maintaining the flowing circular movements synonymous with traditional Aikido.

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