Wakefield Aikido Club

Garrett Baxter (5th Dan), is the principal coach at Wakefield Aikido Club. He has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years and likes nothing more than seeing junior Aikidoka move through the ranks to BAA squad level.

Where do we train?

Lightwaves Leisure Centre

Lower York Street,
West Yorkshire,


Juniors (6 to 15yrs) / Seniors (16+ yrs): 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Our partner clubs

If you can’t attend our Wednesday class, why not consider one of our partner Aikido clubs:

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a Japanese form of self-defence and martial art that uses locks, holds, throws, and the opponent’s own movements.

Competitive (or Sport) Aikido is a relatively recent innovation, with national and international competitions for Juniors, Youth, Cadets and Seniors.

Learn more about Aikido and Tomiki Aikido.

Learn more about our Aikido Club and taking part in an Aikido training session.

Upcoming events

Want to know more?

You are always welcome to come along to Lightwaves Leisure Centre and speak to the club coach about our Aikido Club.

Our mat fees are £5.50 for a junior and £7 for a senior.

Personal annual membership for the British Aikido Association (BAA) is required for insurance purposes.

See our club details

For your first class wear any loose fitting clothing such as track suit bottoms and a T-shirt.

Tie back long hair remove all jewellery. Bring flip-flops to wear from the changing room to the dojo.

Always bring a bottle of water to each class.

See our taking part in an Aikido training session for more details.

As a member of the British Aikido Association (BAA) we follow the BAA grading syllabus which defines the requirements for each kyu grade (yellow, orange etc) and Dan Grade (black belt).

To be promoted to a Dan grade, you will need to pass a formal grading demonstrating both Kata and Hikitategeiko (application of Aikido techniques).

See our Dan grade syllabus for more details.