Our Mission

The mission of our dojo is to bring quality Aikido instruction to the St Neots area community, disseminate a proper understanding of Budo through the teaching of Aikido and provide a “fix” for its martial arts addicted members. 


The Yongsan Aikikai is a member of Kobayashi Dojos UK and the Korea Aikido Federation, both of which are affiliated with  the Aikikai Hombu Dojo and Kobayashi Yasuo Sensei (8th Dan, Aikikai), in Tokyo.


The Yongsan Aikikai is a non-profit organization open to adults regardless of sex, nationality or religion. 


About the Instructor


The Yongsan Aikikai was formed in the UK by Joe Bowen (4th Dan) And Richard Ludlow (2nd Dan) in 2009. Joe's initial Martial Arts training began in 1988 where he started training in Wing Chun Kung Fu. Joe began Aikido in 1997 in the US and came to Korea with the United States Army in January of 1998. After a short search, Joe discovered the Korea Aikido Federation and began his tutelage under Yoon Sensei, Shihan (Meaning, Senior Instructor or Master.)

Richard's Martial Arts training began in 1984 where he started training in Karate, studying with Peter Spanton Sensei (8th Dan) and Graham Chuck Sensei (7th Dan) And John Richards (3rd Dan) and trained for 25 years.

In 2006, Richard started Aikido, where he met Joe Bowen. And after 3 years of training together, they decided to open the Yongsan Aikido club.