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The Aikido Club du Baou

Open in September 2011, the Aikido Club du Baou tries to diversify it's approach of Aikido.

The teaching is based on the transmission of Saotome Sensei, Shihan, one of the last Uchi Deshi of the Aikido Founder, Morihei Ueshiba.

Fully respecting mainstream French Aikido, we focus on the martial aspect, weapon's work, fluidity of aikido and the philosophical and psychological part of our art.

We also try to open ourself to other discipline as Iaido, Kendo, Self defense, Systema...

During July 2018, the Aikido Club du Baou joined Saotome Sensei's organization, Aikido School of Ueshiba (ASU), formalizing the transmission of his instruction. Some students have tested thru ASU for their Aïkikai ranks.

The club is also affiliated to the French Federation FFAAA and has therefore, the duty to respect both way of practicing, close but distinct.

The Aikido Club du Baou has organized from 2014 to 2019, the International Aikido Seminar in Nice with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan.

Location and Schedule

Class are held :

Monday and Wednesday :

Gymnase Jules Romain, Traverse de la Digue des Français, Nice, next to the police station.

8:00pm - 9:00pm : basic technic 

9:00pm - 10:00pm : advence technic


Friday :

"Salle de Combat" of the l’UFR STAPS - Faculté des Sciences du Sport, western part of Nice, route de Grenoble.

6:00pm - 7:00pm : regular class 

7:00pm - 8:00pm : weapon class


Classes can be taught in English as well.

The teachers

Stéphane Le Derf, yondan Aikikai, started martial art at the age of 10 by practicing karate. In 1985, he started to study aikido in the Nice area with several teachers. After few months of practice, he attended Saotome Sensei’s Summer seminar in Vence.

In 1993, after a trip to the Hombu dojo in Tokyo in 1990, he decided to leave France for Washington D.C. to attend Saotome Sensei Shihan’s classes at the Aikido Shobukan Dojo. He stayed 4 years and met Ikeda Sensei Shihan during the Winter and Summer camps organised by ASU.

Stéphane Le Derf has received all his ranks from Saotome Sensei.

Late 1997, back in France, he studied under several teachers in Nice and Marseille, and return to attend class of Alain Guerrier, nanadan.

He's martial art background includes Tai Chi, Karate and Iaido.


In 2007, he passed his Aïkido Professional Diploma (DEJEPS).

He continues to attend several japanese master’s seminar in France and particulary Le Vigan International Aikido Seminar, held by Saotome Shihan during 18 years and now conducted by Ikeda Shihan. He has been the translator for this event since 1996.

Currently, he is the dojo-cho of the Aikido Club du Baou and leads several seminars throughout France and Europe.

Stéphane Le Derf is still in close contact with Saotome Sensei and continues to go each year to the ASU Summer Intensive seminar hosted by the Aikido Shobukan Dojo. He hade the privilege in 2016 and 2018 to teach classes during those seminars.

He is still a close student of Hiroshi IKEDA, Shihan, learning from his teaching during several seminars in France and abroad.


Stéphane Le Derf has been part of the board of the Côte d'Azur Ligue from 2012 to 2016, local representative of the french federation FFAAA, and is currently President of Aikido Harmonie, the organization that sponsors the International Aikido Seminar in Le Vigan, France.

Membership - Fees

Annual licence (required for permanent students) FFAAA : 37 €

Membership to Aikido Club du Baou is acquired if you join the club by paying class fee or if you get your anual licence to FFAAA thru the Aikido Club du Baou. 


Annual fee : 350 €

Semestrial fee : 250 €

Trimestrial fee : 200 €


Discount for student / unemployed (documentary evidence):

Teenager under 18 : 250 €

Couple : 550 €

Student / unemployed (documentary evidence) : 250 €

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Contact :

Aikido Club du Baou

Siège social :

Palais des deux avenues

13 bis Avenue de Pessicart

06100 Nice


Tel: +33 6 62 38 12 52

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