Author: Andrew Sunter

Why do aikido?

Why Aikido? It’s hard to describe why I practice Aikido, although I do know what I like about it and no doubt these are the things that keep me coming back. Aikido is Skills! Not tedious, boring skills — exciting, satisfying, some might say life-essential skills. But wait, there’s more… Aikido is Strength. It’s true I notice some physical strength… 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 →

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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 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 →

Oak tree or bonsai?

Would your aikido survive in the wilderness, or is it a beautiful abstraction that requires a controlled environment? In this possibly postmodern age of aikido, it is important to take time to unpack our practise and approach. Here is a reflection from Danny James Sensei. Many of us studying aikido and other asian martial arts are familiar with bonsai, in which… Read more →

Disability, bullying prevention & aikido

Young people get bullied at school and online. Those most vulnerable are children with disabilities. Today, 2 December, is the International Day of People with Disability. To acknowledge the day and recognise the diverse needs of people with disability, we are honoured to host a blog from Alex Diaz-Granados of cerebralpalsyguidance.com highlighting the challenges of bullying faced by children with a disability such as cerebral… Read more →

How will you react to unavoidable violence?

“These situations not only left their scars but also taught me a few things…” My Dad was an SAS officer. He tried to teach me and my brother a few ‘self defence’ moves, although they were a little extreme for the playground. Later he enrolled us in judo, which we both loved and continued to train into our late teens. Like most… Read more →

Radical therapy for a Good Girl

I was attacked one day during my first semester in Berlin… I’m learning how to render an attacker non-functional. This is a cleaner way of saying I’m learning how to break joints, rupture eyeballs and testicles and do whatever else it takes to stop someone who is intent on killing me or my loved ones. It turns out it just doesn’t matter that men… Read more →

Violence is rarely the answer…

…but when it is the answer, it’s the only answer! Learn to use the tool of violence to save your own life, or the life of someone you love, in a single weekend. Our next TFT Live Training in Sydney is the weekend of 5–6 November. A participant at our last weekend commented, “I woke up on Monday morning knowing I had a skill I didn’t have… Read more →