Our ethos

The health triangle

The ‘health triangle’ or ‘wellbeing triangle’ has been understood by sports scientists and health professionals for a number of years. The principle is that there are three types of health that each person needs: physical fitness, mental wellbeing, and social relationships.

At Sankaku we believe that Aikido is perfectly placed to improve all three forms of health.

Typical warm up exercises at the start of class

The meaning of ‘Sankaku’

Sankaku means ‘triangle’ in Japanese. We chose this name because it relates to our belief that Aikido can improve all three forms of health.

Our club logo is a combination of a triangle and three horizontal strokes (which is the number three written in Japanese kanji).

Health for all – Aikido for all

We are committed to offering the health benefits of Aikido to everyone – regardless of their physical fitness, personal beliefs, or social background.

This is in keeping with the founding principles of Aikido. Morihei Ueshiba developed Aikido to be a system that was non-competitive, inclusive (both men and women practice together), and based on a series of movements that can be learned by anybody.

Partner exercises used at the start of Aikido class

Connect with others | Control balance | Move in harmony | Finish with confidence