Welcome to Gen Sen Jyuku
A University Dojo

Aikido: “The way of harmonious spirit”


Unifying, harmony


Spirit, energy


Way, path


about us

Aikido is a modern martial art (gendai budō) and a philosophy developed in the early 20th century in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba, known as Ō-Sensei meaning “great teacher”. The philosophy of Aikido is to harmonise with your opponent to neutralise attacks without injury, and it is non-competitive. Its techniques include pins, controls and throws, which use the attackers’ strength and weight against them. Using rotational motions, Aikido neutralises the aggressors’ force and includes empty hand, bokken (sword), jo (wooden staff), and tanto (knife) defences.  

“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realise your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.” 



 – Morihei Ueshiba, Ō-Sensei (1883-1969)

Our instructor

Chris Mooney

Our dojo is lead by Chris Mooney 7th Dan Shihan; a world-renowned teacher with over 40 years of experience in Aikido.

Mooney Sensei studied and travelled with the eminent T.K Chiba Sensei 8th Dan Shihan and has one of the only full-time dojos in the UK: The Ei Mei Kan Dojo - Our parent dojo.

Currently on the Council of the British Birankai (British Aikikai), Mooney Sensei oversees the work of the Teaching Committee and the cultivation of the next generation of Aikido teachers.

Mooney Sensei is the current technical director of Birankai in Germany, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

We all discover Aikido for ourselves through training. Seeking it in the here and now means fulfilling the spirit of the tradition instead of merely copying it. We honour the past by cultivating martial valour in our own hearts through our practice now, and for the future.

The more that I thought about it, the more natural it became: the treasures of the future are contained in the young, so where better for me to invest my time?

Chris Mooney 7th Dan Shihan

Head of the Ei Mei Kan Dojo

Meet The Exec

Our team

We are responsible for the running of the club and the upkeep of Aikido at Warwick. Please feel free to approach us with any inquires about Gen Sen Jyuku, Ei Mei Kan and Aikido. We are here to help you!
Zoltán Áldott


Alexia Huang

Vice President

Yan Hin Loke

Co-Social Secretaries

Harvey Holliday-Williams


Yanni Zhou

Marketing Officer

Fu Ge Yang


What happens?

Class Structure


Ceremonial bowing

Our sessions begin and end with ceremonial bowing and are conducted with respect to the instructor.



The classes begin by warming up through various stretching and conditioning exercises. 


Body Art

Unarmed (empty hand) training. We learn basic body movements in solo and partner practice with the art of ukemi (falling safely and absorbing one’s partner motion), thus preventing damage or injury.

When it comes to body art, we focus on elbow control,  throws, pinning. The body must learn to move in a coordinated manner and with relaxation.



Weapon training

Many Aikido movements originate from the use of the Japanese sword. Bokken (wooden sword), jo (wooden staff), and tanto (wooden knife) defences practices are an integral part of the Aikido curriculum.

Depending on the nature of a given lesson, weapon training will be incorporated in to it.  In Aikido, great attention to detail is given to weapons.  Weapons training teaches you correct posture and stance, alongside developing your sense of distance and timing.


When and Where?


Where? In the Combat Rooms in Sports and Wellness Hub at the University of Warwick. 

  • Address: University of Warwick Sports and Wellness Hub Cryfield Village, Leighfield Rd, Coventry CV4 7EU

When? Twice a week.

  • Wednesday: 20:00 – 21:30
  • Friday: 19:00 – 21:00


All members are encouraged to join in these events in order to improve their Aikido and meet some truly remarkable people. Aikido is about training body and spirit, we believe through these events we may train both simultaneously. They are a way of becoming part in a large community.

Alongside the number of seminars throughout the year, we have our annual trip to a dojo in another country. Our previous trips have been to Berlin, Athens and soon to Landau, Germany and Strasbourg, France on our upcoming tour in 2020!
Beginners' Seminar

A fantastic opportunity for the more inexperienced members to improve their Aikido.

Christmas Seminar

A get together for our annual seminar and grading at the Ei Mei Kan Dojo in Birmingham.

Hoodie in Malta
Tour Abroad!

Our annual tour abroad to another country! This time, we visit Landau, Germany and Strasbourg, France. Exclusive to Gen Sen Jyuku members.

Weapons Seminar

Learn how to handle the classic weapons - Jo and Bokken.

Somerset Seminar
19th -21st of June 2020

Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the weekend away in Somerset, as we train on the beach.

Spring Seminar

Our biggest event of the year with a guest instructor travelling from abroad to teach.

Contact us

Get in Touch

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Gen Sen Jyuku
About us

Founded in 1988. Our culture is strengthened by our deep rooted traditions. We hope to see you soon!

Where to find us

The Combat Rooms - University of Warwick Sports and Wellness Hub Cryfield Village, Leighfield Rd, Coventry CV4 7EU

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