Originally a Methodist chapel, the Koteikan Aikido Dojo is located in the small village of Leeholme, just a few miles from Durham, Bishop Auckland and Spennymoor in the North East of England, UK. [Google map]The dojo has a permanently matted practice hall for Aikido classes, which are held on two weekday evenings and Saturday mornings.
The dojo is affiliated to the KAA (Komyokan Aikido Association) which is under the technical direction of Terry Ezra, Shihan, 7th dan.
Koteikan instructors are highly qualified with many years experience teaching Aikido. Nick Waites, the senior Koteikan instructor, is ranked 6th dan by the Aikikai Foundation in Japan.
Classes are available throughout the week and weekend.
Private instruction is available mornings, afternoons and evenings by arrangement.
Intensive Training Programmes
We offer intensive training programmes with accommodation for students. No experience is necessary and the training period can be from a single day to several weeks.
[Advice for Beginners]
Beginners are always very welcome, whatever age or level of fitness. All of our classes are paced according to ability and experience, and senior students are always available and willing to provide patient help and advice for new starters during all training sessions.
Some of our classes are especially for beginners and these allow basic movements and techniques to be assimilated at a slow and steady pace.
We try our best to make the initial learning experience as pleasant, rewarding and painless as possible.