Author: Andrew Sunter

Andrew has been studying aikido continuously since 1992 after a couple of earlier attempts. He is passionate about teaching the concept of ‘aiki’ and last-resort personal safety. His ambition is to teach every nurse in NSW aikido to use in the workplace and atemi-jutsu to ensure they get home safely.
Aiki Kids and Teens Grading T1 2019

Aiki Kids and Teens Grading T1 2019

Congratulations to all Aiki Kids and Aiki Teens who graded at the end of Term 1 2019. Scroll down for pictures! Those promoted are: 10-kyu: Oliver 9-kyu: Harriet, Neave, Amelia, Elsa and Hannah 8-kyu: Jay Other students made very positive progress towards their next grading. Students who joined us late in the term can look forward to their first grading… Read more →

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year 2019

We started a new year of training on Monday with a fresh look at the role of uke. We also worked on tenchinage, sankyō and yonkyō. We are still terrible at taking group photos but the good news is that everyone’s aiki continues to improve. Looking forward to the rest of the dojo coming back from exotic travel and various… Read more →

dojo xmas break

Dojo xmas break

Last classes for 2018 and first classes back in 2019. Aiki Kids and Teens: classes concluded Mon 17 Dec. Classes recommence for Term 1 2019 on Mon 4 Feb. Aikido adults: last class Thu 20 Dec. Classes restart formally Mon 7 Jan. Get in touch if you are interested in additional informal training in the meantime. Atemi-jutsu: last class Sat… Read more →

Aikido grading (adults) Thu 13 Dec 2018

Our next aikido grading for adult students is on Thursday 13 December. This is earlier than originally scheduled to accommodate students jetting off to exotic locations like Cuba and Perth Candidates, please work with your sempai over the coming weeks to polish your techniques for examination. Instead of our usual pizza after the grading we’ll be enjoying ‘sake on the… Read more →

Onegaishimasu!

One of the challenges for our Aiki Kids and Teens (not to mention adults) is mastering the Japanese terms and phrases we use to facilitate learning aikido. ‘Onegaishimasu’ is a common phrase in Japanese, used in everyday life, and an equivalent of ‘please’ in English. Here’s an easy way to practise: say ‘on air guy she muss’ emphasising only the… Read more →

Save the Day for martial artists

Save the Day is neither a martial art nor self-defence in the conventional sense. It’s how to break human structure. For martial artists it’s an extension of their existing training, providing knowledge and skills essential in a crisis. What it is… Save the Day is a once-and-done survival skill. Think of it as a military-grade crash-course for civilians, because those… Read more →

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Sword training and aikido

When the founder of aikido passed away in 1969, sword training at the Honbu dojo in Japan ceased to exist as a part of the regular curriculum. The importance and history of sword training in the study of aikido is discussed in this article by BiIl Gleason Sensei, chief instructor at Shobu Aikido of Boston. (~1300 words) At that time sword training… Read more →

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SAVE the Day: BNE 8 Dec 2018

Announcing our first Brisbane ‘SAVE the Day’ training. SAVE the Day is the best once-and-done training experience available in Australia. Download pdf: SAVE the Day BNE 8 Dec 2018 (full registration and payment details). Saturday 8 December 2018, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm Onami Dojo Capalaba Scout Hall 65 Degen Road, Capalaba Qld See Onami Dojo website for location details Cost   $345… Read more →

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Aiki Kids & Teens grading: T3 2018

Congratulations to everyone who graded at the end of Term 3! Aiki kids and teens classes resume for Term 4 on Monday 15 October. Well done to all our students who worked at improving performance at every repetition. All the hard work is paying off! Many thanks to Mel Lindenthal for her creative training exercises that engage the whole mind… Read more →

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SAVE the Day: SYD 2 Dec 2018

Learn to survive your attempted murder: announcing our first Sydney ‘SAVE the Day’ one-day atemi-jutsu foundation training. Download pdf: SAVE the Day, SYD 2 Dec 2018 containing full details including registration, payment and release and indemnity agreement. Sunday 2 December 2018, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm Aikido in Sydney Bridge Road School 127 Parramatta Road, Camperdown NSW See Location for… Read more →

atemi-jutsu live training

Atemi-jutsu live training: SYD 15–16 Sep 2018

Details of our next atemi-jutsu live training weekend in Sydney. Learn to survive the most critical 5 seconds of your life. Live training weekend Download pdf with full details including payment, registration and release and indemnity agreement 15–16 Sep 2018 (Sat–Sun), 8.30 am to 5.30 pm each day Bridge Road School, 127 Parramatta Road, Camperdown NSW 2050. See Location for… Read more →

Kungfu Sydney

Why we don’t teach women’s self defence

There is no such thing as ‘women’s self defence’. There, we’ve said it. But it’s a scary world out there you say? ‘Self defence’ conventionally includes all the things you do to ensure you are not in a situation where you can be assaulted in the first place. You’re probably doing all that already, as the current debate in the… Read more →

Kyū grading June 2018

kyu-grading-june-2018Well done to everyone that graded on Thursday 14 June!

All candidates demonstrated a high standard of kata and a good understanding of aiki basics.

Thanks to Mike for his feedback and assessment. Thanks to Mel for the pics.

Thanks also to everyone who came out for dinner afterwards, it was lots of fun.

Farewell Blake and best of luck in Christchurch!

Car park unavailable

The car park at the dojo will be inaccessible to both cars and pedestrians from Monday 18 to Monday 25 June while the car park is being resurfaced. Please enter the dojo through the pedestrian gate at the end of Pidcock Street, which runs parallel to Victory Lane. Cross the small park to access a second gate at the far… Read more →

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