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History

Aikido has been practiced in Leeds since the late 1960s, at the Leeds Athletic Institute, Jack Lane. This was originally traditional Aikido with the introduction of Tomiki Aikido in 1972. The club was Known first as the Leeds Aikido Club then, with the introduction of Tomiki, the Leeds Tomiki Aikido Club.
The concept of Leeds Central Aikido was established with the opening of the first branch club at Scott Hall Sports centre in 1984.
Leeds Central was established primarily to spread Tomiki Aikido throughout Leeds and district (West Yorkshire) without conflict over club registrations. Making it easier for members to train at more than one club without having to change club registration. All centres were to operate one night per week in order provide a geographical spread across the district.
The LAI had, for many years, operated five sessions per week in one location. Centres then opened in Garforth, and eventually Airborough Sports Centre.
A few other centres have operated as part of Leeds Central in the past including Fearnville, Middleton, South Leeds and Holt Park.
Tatsumaki started with seniors only in 2002 due to the increasing numbers of competitors training on the same evening at Kirkstall.

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