It all depends on your commitment, skill and natural abilities. Most students reach black belt (shodan) in 3-7 years. 
Becoming a black belt is the least important thing when you begin your training. Passing your black belt exam just means you understand all of the basics. Then the real training starts!

How long does it take to get a black belt?

All levels of student are welcome to train on Mondays & Wednesdays, 7pm - 9pm. We also run weekend seminars, visit other dojos and attend courses from visiting overseas teachers.

How often can I train?

Yoshinkan aikido is a style of aikido that was founded by Gozo Shioda a student of the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. It is known for its emphasis on proper form and technique, and is often considered to be a more martial and disciplined form of aikido. Read more HERE

what is yoshinkan aikido?

Leo Payne (4th degree Black Belt) is the chief instructor of Yoshinkan London Aikido. He began training under Paul Stephens & Eva Stauffer in 2009.

He has travelled to Japan to train at the Yamanashi Yoshinkan with Takeno Sensei many times and follows the teaching of that school

Leo also has experience in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu

Who is the sensei of yoshinkan London?

If you have a previous injury we will discuss it with you and adapt the training as neccessary to make sure you are safe.  Martial arts training comes with the risk of injury but we put the safety of our students before anything else.

can i train with injuries?

We cater to all levels of fitness for beginners. At Yoshinkan London we believe that the fitter you are the more you can train. If you can train for longer you can learn more. Every class has a warm up and conditioning to get everyone up to a good fitness level.

Do I need to be fit for Aikido?