Author: Andrew Sunter

How to fold your gi top

How to fold your gi top

Thanks to Jon for his question on how to fold your gi top for easy transport and storage. We welcome any questions you have. If you’re wondering about something, there’s a good chance someone else is too Step 1 Lay the gi top out front-up on a flat surface. Straighten as you go.Stretch the base of the back out flat… Read more →

Xmas & NY break

Details for the Christmas–New Year break below. Best wishes to all our students, instructors, family and friends for a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year. Aikido Monday 18 December: last aikido class of 2017 No classes Thu 21 Dec thru Mon 1 Jan inclusive Thursday 4 January: first aikido class of 2018 Atemi-jutsu (TFT) Tuesday 19 December: last… Read more →

Grading grats

Congratulations to all students who graded last week! 2017 has been a great year of training with a new cohort of students coming through. Everyone has made fantastic progress by simply turning up regularly and doing their best to make small improvements to their performance at every repetition. It’s been a lot of fun and that’s of course a really… Read more →

When you face the sword, you face yourself

Big shout-out to budo buddy Craig Boyd for the invitation and many thanks to Komei Juku Sydney for making us welcome at their recent seminar. We really appreciated the opportunity to observe training at the November 2017 Sydney seminar of Komei Juku Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu taught by Sekiguchi Komei Sensei. It was fascinating to watch the body positioning, footwork and handwork… Read more →

gradings and pizza

Gradings and pizza

This Thursday 7 December we’ll hold our end of year gradings and go out for pizza after. There was excellent preparation on Monday night and I think everyone is looking forward to showing what they can do. A highlight will be Bob Withers (3-dan) putting in an appearance to do a bit of teaching and inspire our cohort of new… Read more →

Terrorism, self defence and training

Anyone who has watched TV recently might well believe their best option is to lock the door and never set foot outside again! It may be a pretty tough world we live in, but that’s a long way from reality. Australia, like many countries in the developed world, is a really safe place to live. Terror attacks are highly unlikely,… Read more →

Win a night at the opera!

The ba-roq-stars at the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra are offering one enterprising member of Aikido in Sydney a double pass to the opening night of Bittersweet Obsessions next Wednesday. This is their newest show featuring instructors Melanie Lindenthal and Andrew Sunter — fighting . to . the . death! If you want to see the show, you only have to do three things: write… Read more →


The warrior-artist

The samurai of the early Edo period were known as much for their pursuit of art, beauty and learning as they were for their skill and ferocity on the battlefield. A prominent example is the great sword-saint Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584 – 1645), writer, calligrapher and artist. Aikido is sometimes described as the thinking person’s martial art. When the opportunity came… Read more →

Aiki Teens Grading

Aiki Teens grading

Congratulations to our Aiki Teens who graded at the end of last term. Certificates were presented on Monday. We’re stepping up training in Term 4, introducing bigger throws, more joint locks and other cool stuff. Really looking forward to working with you all again this term. Welcome also to our new starters. Read more →

aikido secrets

Aikido is 100% striking, but without the striking…

Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, is famously quoted as saying that aikido is 90% . Yet atemi is absent from much of modern aikido. Aikido today is known for its beautiful flowing movements. In our roles as and we practice the of, and defences to, aikido techniques. In the pursuit of this beauty, aikido often omits the atemi built… Read more →

Violence doesn’t discriminate

Violence doesn’t discriminate, and nor do we. If you need to protect yourself or a loved one from unavoidable violence, it’s nice to know that the physical universe has your back. The laws of physics (and the principles of TFT) work for everybody, regardless of sexuality, gender identity, genetics, socialisation, culture, ethnicity, spirituality, size, age, health, wealth and dress sense. There’s only… Read more →

Every woman has the right to:

feel safe and be safe at home, at work and on the street; live, work, travel and socialise without harassment; and hospitalise anyone that attempts to restrict these rights through physical assault! On International Women’s Day 2017 we affirm every woman’s right to learn to use the tool of violence to save her own life, or the life of someone she loves, in a… Read more →

Six pillars and three grounds

O-sensei spoke of the six pillars of aikido: osae waza, shihonage, iriminage, kokyunage, kaitennage and ushiro. But on what do these pillars rest? As we work to define Great Ocean Aikido, I’d like to propose three “grounds” — aiki body, aiki physics and atemi jutsu — as a way of describing our approach to aikido. Aiki body refers to building the engine that… Read more →