The Society, which is based at Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, is one of the UK’s largest British-led Aikido societies and is a member of the British Aikido Board, the Governing body of Aikido in the UK. It’s President and Chief Instructor is Soke Gwynne Jones, 9’th Dan.
Soke Jones started Aikido during the summer of 1961, opened his first club in October 1974, founded the West Wales Aikido Society in 1982, and the Aikido Society of Wales in 1985. A continued growth throughout the UK was reflected by renaming the organization as The Shin Gi Tai Aikido Society in December 1990.
Soke Jones whose main Aikido influences are Tohei Sensei, Chiba Sensei and Tamura Sensei, has developed a style which incorporates traditional Aikido with the modern concept of ki training. The style is relaxed, flowing and dynamic.
The Society prides itself on its non-political, non-commercial approach, teaching friendliness and harmony on and off the tatami. The aim of the Society is to make Aikido available for the public to help them in their daily lives.