About us

Rising Sun Aikido class photoWelcome to the Rising Sun Aikido club website

Rising Sun Aikido logoRising Sun Aikido is a traditional Ueshiba-style martial art and self-defence club based in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

The Rising Sun Aikido club & Rising Stars Aikido club have over 100 members of all ages and abilities.

Under the tutorship of the club’s Sensei’s, Rising Sun Aikido currently hold two¬†adult aikido training sessions per week.

For youngsters of primary and junior school age, Rising Sun Aikido also runs a Saturday morning junior aikido club known as Rising Stars Aikido for children aged 5 to 12, and Aikido Comets for teenagers aged 12-18.

Rising Sun Aikido works closely with several local schools and the community, having participated in the official opening of Heron’s Moor School by Princess Ann and more recently running an after school aikido club for pupils of Wyvern Community School, Bourneville Junior School & Broadoak School.

Aikido is a non-competitive martial art and is suitable for all ages, sexes and abilities.

The Rising Sun Aikido club philosophy is to:

  • Build confidence
  • Become Fitter
  • Meet new friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Have Fun


SokumenWhether you have trained in martial arts before or are a complete beginner and just want to get fitter while learning some self-defence, feel free to pop along to one of our training sessions and ask to speak to Phil Benge.

Alternatively contact Philip Benge on Tel: 07786 513 973 or e-mail: sensei@risingsunaikido.org.uk

Rising Sun Aikido & Rising Stars Aikido have signed up to Child-Safe

Meet our Sensei’s

Below are the Dan grades (‘black belts’) who regularly train and teach at Rising Sun Aikido and affiliated clubs.

Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced martial artist there will always be several senior instructors around who are only too willing to help you learn aikido.

Phil Benge sensei, 4th dan
Phil Benge Sensei, 5th dan

Pete Gillings sensei, 6th dan
Pete Gillings Sensei, 6th dan




H Benge-nilsdotter sensei, 2nd dan
H Benge-nilsdotter Sensei, 3rd dan

Al Carchrie sensei, 2nd dan
Al Carchrie Sensei, 3rd dan

Paul Newnham sensei, 1st dan
Paul Newnham Sensei, 2nd dan

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