Pen-Y-Bont Aikido is an Aikido Club based in the Bridgend area of South Wales. It was founded on Sunday 20th March 2016 by Sensei Bryn Powis and opened its doors on Friday 20th May 2016.
We have continued to provide training through Covid with on-line lessons and are back training as normal in our two locations, Brackla, Bridgend and Caerau, Maesteg.
Bryn is supported by Senseis Mark Hanbury who runs our junior’s section, Chris Thomas who fronts our Maesteg section and Simon Povey who is joint Child Welfare officer with Katherine Broadhurst.
The club embraces the ethos of the Shin-Gi-Tai Aikido Society in that we are an inclusive club that welcomes one and all irrespective of experience. Through friendly teaching Aikidoka (students) learn a variety of skills and techniques both with and without weapons. There is a structured syllabus that enables Aikidoka to attain progressive belts within the club (white, yellow, orange, green, blue and brown) before achieving the required skill level to be deemed ready to attempt a Dan grading (black belt). Aikidoka who attain this level will then be graded by Soke Gwynne Jones and other senior Senseis from other clubs within the society. To achieve Dan grade is an immense achievement that requires hard work and dedication but is within everyone’s reach.
Our promise to you is to teach you all we know openly and honestly. We will keep no techniques secret and will help you find your way to achieve your goal.