Welcome to Shobu Aikido UK

An association founded by George Forbes Sensei (6th Dan) who has been practising and teaching Aikido for over 35 years. He has studied in Japan, Belgium, France, Spain and the U.S.A on a regular basis with many different Sensei but his passion is Aikido as was taught by Nobuyoshi Tamura Shihan (8th Dan) and Pierre Chassang Shihan.

George Forbes became a student of Mr Pierre Chassang more than 20 years ago.  He says that meeting Pierre changed not only his practice in the dojo but also the way he applied Aikido to his everyday life.

Pierre Chassang (8th Dan) was the Technical Director of Shobu Aikido UK but sadly passed away in April 2013. A personal tribute by George Forbes Sensei to this great master can be read here.

Based upon the foundations of Aikido given by Tamura Shihan. The teachings of the foundations practised inside and outside the dojo lead to martial wisdom – Shobu Aikido.


literally "the way of harmony", Aikido training involves physical, mental, spiritual and ethical disciplines. It includes empty-hand techniques, sword, stick and knife defences and is unique among the martial arts.

George Forbes

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