Author: Andrew Sunter

How to survive the most critical 5 seconds of your life

In 16 hours over two days you will learn how to save your own life or the life of someone you care about in a situation of unavoidable life-or-death violence.  Next event Sat 5 – Sun 6 Nov (register by 22 Oct for early bird and buddy rates) Date: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September  Time: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm each day Place:… Read more →

Spring workshop schedule

Great Ocean Aikido Community Spring Workshop Schedule Saturday 3 October to Monday 5 October 2015 Aikido in Sydney, Camperdown dojo Schedule Day Time Session Saturday 8 to 10.30 am meditation, aiki body (solo), weapons 11 am to 2 pm aiki body (partner), aikido 4 to 5.30 pm tft Sunday 9 to 10.30 am meditation, aiki body (solo), weapons 11 am to 2 pm aiki body (partner), aikido 4 to 5.30 pm tft Monday 8 to 10.30 am… Read more →

Pinky peel back – why Aiki Kids walk tall

I started teaching martial arts for kids in 2005. But I never wanted to be a kids instructor at all – I had been actively avoiding teaching kids aikido for years! A couple of things changed my mind. Firstly, my own son had been bullied in primary school a few years earlier. A boy in his class, let’s call him Joey, was struggling with a messy parental break-up.… Read more →

What’s the hurry?

David Lynch Sensei has had a long and remarkable career in aikido—55 years and counting. He’s also an accomplished writer and he has given me permission to reprint some of his editorials from the magazine Hakama, which he published for the aikido community in New Zealand between 1995 and 2005. On reading them it struck me how little issues in training change… Read more →

Engaging the core: “zip up and hollow”

Engaging your core muscles is essential for aikido and aiki body training. Below is a description that I found really helpful. Core muscles work optimally when engaged no more than 25–30%. This is really important. If you do more than this you recruit additional muscles and will no longer be doing this exercise. It should feel like no more than a gentle squeeze. The following… Read more →

Keep looking under the basin

In mid-2012 I spent two months in the UK. While I was away my landlady renovated the bathroom. I wasn’t consulted on anything other than the timing. I returned to a new bathroom with every fitting replaced. There was just one niggly-naggly little problem: the new basin had a mixer tap and I couldn’t get more than a trickle of… Read more →

Great Ocean Brisbane April 2015

On the Anzac Day weekend Bob and I are travelling to Brisbane for a couple of events. On Saturday we are attending a mini seminar and dan grading at Aikido Republic. Jim Nicholls Sensei, Alstonville Aikido and co-founder of Great Ocean Aikido Community, is also attending. On Sunday we’ll be training at a Shimamoto Shihan seminar  hosted by Dave Kolb Sensei… Read more →