The art of Aikido was founded by a Japanese master named Morihei Ueshiba, who was already highly skilled in a large number of traditional martial arts. His art came to incorporate both armed and empty handed techniques and it wasn't long before it attracted a large number of skilled students.


Katori Shinto Ryu

The Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu is a classical style of swordsmanship that was founded in 1447 by a man named Iizasa Chosai Ienao. It consists of a number of different skills such as sword, staff, naginata, spear and the combined use of the long and short swords.



Judo was founded by Jigoro Kano and has become both a traditional martial art and Olympic sport. It's a great form of exercise that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. There are also many contests organised for people who like to take part in competitions.

Winchester Judo & Martial Arts Club

Winchester Judo and Martial Arts Club was founded in 1956 and is one of the oldest clubs in Britain. With our dedicated Dojo we offer a wide range of classes for both beginners and advanced students, young and old. Qualified instructors bring a large amount of experience that makes the sessions both fun and safe. Read more

Important Covid-19 Notice


19 Sept 2020

We have successfully trialled opening the dojo to a limited number of club members for Aikido and Katori sessions, following government and governing body guidelines on Covid safety measures. 


Building on this we are pleased to open the dojo further with Judo, Aikido and Katori to members. Strict safety measures are in place for participants following risk assessments and declarations. Due to the restricted numbers only Aikido and Katori may have capacity for new people interested in trying them out. Training participation is pre-booked only (there are maximum numbers per session) so you must contact the club in plenty of time beforehand if you are new and interested in Aikido or Katori; please do not simply turn up as you will be unable to enter the building or train.


Please check back here periodically for further updates.


Aikido Juniors

Aikido Seniors

Judo Juniors

Judo Seniors 


Getting started

Want to learn more about these traditional Japanese martial arts? 

Contact us now and our experienced instructors will ensure that you are in safe hands and will have a gentle introduction to which ever art you choose.

British Aikido Association

British Judo Association

Winchester Judo & Martial Arts Club

Lido Sports Centre
Hyde Church Lane
SO23 7DZ