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Sensei Paul Barker and the Aikido Circle have appeared in a number of local and national publications. Please click on the links below to explore:
The Independent
Independent cover
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Paul Barker has a simple goal: to help change people's lives for the better through the power of aikido, a Japanese martial art that combines strong self-defence techniques with the promotion of peace and harmony.

The sixth-dan black belt, who is head of the Aikido Circle and one of this country's highest-ranking practitioners, teaches both individuals and groups of students of all ages at classes in Sussex and Essex.

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Published: 2009

Moneywise magazine
Moneywise front cover
Leaving the rat race behind
Paul Barker turned his back on the daily grind to dedicate his life to teaching the Japanese martial art of Aikido and insists it's the best decision he has ever made.
"I spent years in jobs, willing away the time so I could start training in the evenings," he says. "It was only later that I realised that the lessons I was learning through Aikido could be used in the rest of my life."
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Published: 2009
Bexhill Observer
Bexhill Observer front page 6th Dan moves in... 
A highly respected Aikido Master has moved to Bexhill following years of training and teaching in the south east.
Sensei Paul Barker began learning Aikido in 1972, and is now a 6th Dan.
Paul has set up classes now at Bexhill Amateur Athletic Club, where organiser Jason Meek comments: "This is quite a coup for us, and a great opportunity for local inhabitants to learn Aikido from someone so highly qualified.
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Published: 2005
Steve Grayston's Martial Arts
Martial Arts mag front cover
Paul Barker and the Aikido Circle 
Paul Barker Sensei was born in 1949. He started Aikido in 1970. The Aikido Circle was formed by Paul Barker, Alan Beecham and Steve Beecham in 1975-76...
This article ran over two pages in this Martial Arts magazine. It took the form of a question and answer session with Sensei Barker
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Published: 1997

The Aikido Circle is an independent organisation that has been training people in this traditional martial art since the 1970s with dojos in the UK and overseas. It is registered with the British Aikido Board which is recognised by Sport England as the only governing body for Aikido in the United Kingdom.

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