I started training aikido with Lancaster University Aikido in my second year of university. Since then I have come a long way, not only with regards to aikido but all aspects of personal development. Aikido is great for instilling self-discipline, an open and honest interaction with the world and a calm, relaxed attitude to life. Over the last 5 years I have watched Lancaster Aikido Club grow from strength to strength, with the club now boasting a packed seminar schedule, frequently inviting highly experienced instructors from a range of backgrounds to teach, giving a well-rounded experience. Lancaster Aikido Club also has a very welcoming social side, giving a sense of community that I feel has particularly benefited me as a student, who otherwise would have few links to Lancaster Life outside of the university.