Instructors

All our instructors are NCAS certified instructors through the Australian Sports Commission and Australian Jujitsu federation and have undergone police checks.

great ocean aikido communityAndrew Sunter (Head of school)

Andrew began training in Aikido in 1989 and holds dan ranks in several schools of Aikido including a 6-dan from Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei (a direct student of the founder of aikido), who he often accompanied to seminars nationally and internationally.

Having trained in both hard and soft styles of Aikido, Andrew today offers students and experience of Aiki, encompassing the totality of these. Students enjoy individualised instruction appropriate to each stage of their journey. He uses, but is not bound by, the framework of syllabus through the vehicles of kata (technique), weapons, internal training and modern science. (See complete bio)

Target Focus Training Sydney TFT Self DefenceMike Allen (Atemi-Jutsu Senior instructor)

Mike “the Mechanic” Allen began training in martial arts in 1978 and is yet to take a break. Mike holds dan grades in Aikido, Kempo and the equivalent in Chinese internal Arts. He is Australia’s most senior instructor in Target Focus Training. Mike uses his 35 years of martial arts experience combined with his 25 years of medical experience (physiotherapy) to better understand the traditional arts and application to the real world. He is dedicated to helping all Australians develop the skills to help themselves if they are ever in danger.

Melanie (Aikikids and Teens senior instructor)

Melanie began her Aikido in Europe but today she and her family

call Sydney home. Melanie holds the rank of Shodan NCAS Level 2 and has been practicing Aikido for almost a decade. By day she is a Shiatsu practitioner giving her Aikido a light but firm touch.

 

Mike Donk aikido in sydney instructorMichael Vanderdonk (Senior instructor)

Mike Donk began his Aikido training with Aikido in Sydney in 2004 and currently holds 3-dan in Aikido and NCAS Level 2. Mike is fascinated by the way humans learn and brings extraordinary knowledge and insight to his instruction and coaching. He draws on extensive experience with disciplines such as NLP and hypnosis to inform his training.

 

bob withers aikido in sydney instructorRobert Withers (Senior instructor)

“Side Street” Bob Withers joined Aikido in Sydney in 2006 after training aiki-budo for a couple of years with the Kufudokan. Bob’s dedication is an inspiration to sempai and kōhai alike. Bob holds 2-dan in Aikido and NCAS Level 2.

 

Martin John (recently left for Wales but still in our hearts)aikido in sydney instructor martin john

Martin “Pinchy” John began training in Aikido at the age of nine. He was a small boy growing up in Treorchy in the Rhondda Valley, Old South Wales, when an aikido dojo opened up over his back fence. Since then, Martin has spent more than 20 years training in Aikido. In addition he has trained in judo and kyukoshin karate. Martin ran the St Clair dojo from 2009 to 2014 and holds 3-dan in Aikido and NCAS Level 2.