Thistle Aikikai

Thistle Aikikai is a founding member of the Scottish and Borders Birankai.

Sensei Flynn
The Chief Instructor, Michael Flynn Shihan began his study of Aikido in 1982 at San Diego Aikikai under the direction of Shihan TK Chiba. He was promoted to 6th Dan in 2001, and named Shihan in June of 2005. He was formally awarded his Shihan Certificate in a ceremony at Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo in November 2006 by the second Doshu, Ueshiba Moriteru. He has also received Iaido Shihan title from Mitsuzuka Sensei.

Since arriving in Scotland, Flynn Sensei has established the Thistle Aikikai.

He serves as the Chairman and Technical Director of Scottish and Borders Birankai.

Thisle Aikikai offers beginner through to advanced classes in Aikido and weapons. All are welcome.

Instruction in Iaido , the art of drawing the sword and striking a killing blow, is also offered at Thistle Aikikai. In Iaido, students learn to use the sword not merely as a tool for cutting down one’s enemy, but as a method of allowing the mind and body to become more harmonious with nature. During training, students will learn the forms of the Muso Shinden Ryu Iai as developed by Nakayama Hakudo Sensei, with a goal toward synchronizing their breathing and body motions within the techniques in order to understand and practice the efficient use of the body.

The club trains at the Iain Nicolson Recreation Centre, Chryston (near Glasgow), Scotland. Click for a Map.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Mike Flynn on 01236 631465 or send an email to

Wishaw Aikikai

Wishaw Aikikai is a founding member of the Scottish and Borders Birankai.

Boyle Sensei
The Chief Instructor, Stephen Boyle, studied directly under George Girvan Sensei as well as Mr. Chiba, and has achieved a rank of 5th Dan, Shidoin (literally meaning, senior teacher). Our other senior instructor, Liz McPhee, has achieved a rank of 3rd Dan.

Boyle Sensei is a senior instructor of the Scottish and Borders Birankai, and is a member of the Scottish and Borders Birankai Teaching Committee, responsible for the technical direction of Aikido within the organisation. Wishaw Aikikai also offers beginner through to advanced classes in Aikido and weapons. All are welcome.

The club trains at the Wishaw Sports Centre, Wishaw (near Glasgow), Scotland. Click for Map.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Stephen Boyle on 07904 066555 or 01236 615500.

Genpu Kan Aikido

Here at Genpu Kan Aikido, in Solihull, Birmingham, we are dedicated to the sincere practice of the art of Aikido as created by its founder, M. Ueshiba, and transmitted by his student, T.K. Chiba, Shihan. We each integrate our training into a way of life such that our training adds to our total development as individuals; across our physical, mental, spiritual, and social dimensions.


Address: Hatchford Brook J and I School, Old Lode Lane, Solihull, B92 8LW

Instructor: Paul Robinson (5th Dan Shidoin)

Tel: 07989 359898


I Shin Juku

Tatenhill Village Hall
Main Street
Burton on Trent
DE13 0SU

Class Schedule:

8.00-9.30pm Mixed Aikido

7.30-8.30pm. Mixed Aikido
8.30-9.30pm Basic Weapons

11.15am-12.15pm. Mixed Weapons

Saku Mei Kan

Established in Aberdeen for over 20 years, Aberdeen Aikido Club/Saku-Mei Kan is a member of Scottish and Borders Birankai under the technical direction of Mike Flynn Shihan.

We have two classes a week each lasting 2 hours at the moment – please click on the links for additional location/venue information and google maps directions:

Both classes are for practitioners of all levels, so feel free to come along to any class even if you’ve never been to an Aikido class before.

Instructor: Miguel Serra

Club Secretary: E. Fitzpatrick (contactable via this form)

Website: Saku Mei Kan /Aberdeen Aikido Club

Facebook: please click here to be taken to our facebook page.

Tel: 01224 872264 / 07801 493180

Durham Aikikai

Chief Instructor: Malcolm Blackwood. Yondan (4th Dan) Shidoin, BAB Coach Level 2.

Malcolm has studied Aikido since 1984 following the technical direction of T.K. Chiba. He is a former member of both British Aikikai and British Birankai where he was Coaching Liason Officer with the BAB.

Malcolm has been involved in Judo, Aikido and Iaido for many years. Coaching Aikido since 1990 and running Abbey Dojo from 1998.
Assistant Instructors: Domenico Barbaro, Nidan; Tony Fairbairn, Shodan and Keith Shepherd, Shodan.

Abbey has worked closely with Durham University and Teikyo Japanese College. The dojo has regularly hosted British Birankai Spring and Autumn courses and local area courses in Durham.

Abbey offers beginner through to advanced classes in Aikido and weapons. Iaido, the art of using the Japanese sword, is also practiced at Abbey. Abbey welcomes all students and visitors.

Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9pm. New College sports hall

Club Secretary: Anthony Fairbairn 0191 3862831

Chief Instructor: Malcolm Blackwood 0191 3864179

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Durham Aikikai
New College Durham
Framwellgate Moor