Welcome to Isshin Dotai Aikido Derby

Aikido is a Japanese martial that draws on technique rather than strength. It uses your attacker's own "attack" against them to execute a technique to immobilise or throw them, which is perfect for self defence.

We practice a traditional style of Aikido based at the Multi-Faith Centre on Derby University Campus in the East Midlands. We welcome everyone from beginners to experienced people in Aikido. Our classes are every Thursday from 19:30pm to 21:30pm . For more information please click the 'Classes' section.




My name is Barry Gibson, 5th Dan. I am the Sensei and Chief Instructor here at "Isshin Dotai" Aikido Derby. have studied Aikido since 1992 and during that time I have met and trained with many people from all walks of life, including making some great friends along the way.

My goal in my Aikido study is to share and pass on all the knowledge that has been passed on to me by in my opinion some of the best Aikidoka in the world. These people are mentioned in the Lineage section of this site.

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In ‘O’ sensei’s words:

“Aikido Is For Everyone”







Aikido History

Modern Aikido was developed by Morihei Ueshiba in the early part of the 20th Century. As a young man Ueshiba became interested in the Samurai Fighting Arts of Ju-Jutsu (ths supple art), Kenjutsu (swordmanship), So-Jutsu (spear fighting) and Daito Ryu Aiki-Ju-Jutsu

The physical form of his study was influenced heavily from his study of Daito Ryu, under Sokaku Takeda, a fearsome martial artist and warrior. Ueshiba also studied under the enigmatic teacher and philosopher Onisaburo Deguchi, of the Omoto Kyo sect.

Ueshiba in time also studied philosophy, and became interested in the environment and the nature of the universe. As he became enlightened he saw Aikido as a way to develop the self, without harming others. He became known as "O-Sensei" or Great Teacher, and many people studied under him.

As his students travelled and spread the word of Aikido, his influence was passed to instructors within the UK. Transmission to the present instructors is through Master Shigeho Tanaka 9th Dan. He in turn has taught Pat Stratford 8th Dan and the late Shihan Chris MacDonald 6th Dan.




Sensei Barry Gibson - 5th Dan   

Barry Gibson began his Aikido practice in 1992 under Chris MacDonald. He attended Derby Aikikan Dojo, and through the years eventually became Assistant Coach there. He also has had several bouts of Cancer, and has overcome them due to his strong spiritual nature. His Aikido is dynamic, but practical. Over the years Barry has run Dojos at Melton Mowbray and currently teaches Aikido at Derby University Campus. He also teaches courses at various locations throughout



"Isshin Dotai" Aikido  - Translation:  "Of one heart and mind, one and the same, to become one with, act with one heart and mind"


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