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 →
Whistles. Dirty laughs. “Oooh, fancy hat!” A drunk young guy thrusts his crotch at me threateningly, limboing closer and closer. He’s backed up by equally drunk mates. I’m out with my husband on a rare, kid-free date night. Nothing outrageous, just a civilised drink in Glebe. We stroll arm-in-arm through quiet streets towards Central. On Broadway we hear a group… Read more →
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 →
Photos from the Australian Jujitsu Federation coaching accreditation weekend in Sydney, 23–24 June. Read more →
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!
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 →
Good news and less good news. We’ll be having a kyu grading on Thursday 14 June. This is a little overdue. We have a number of very strong candidates so it should be entertaining. The bad news is that Blake and Hayley are relocating to Aotearoa (ニュージーランド) in July. Better news is that you can farewell them with pizza after… Read more →
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 →
I had a catastrophic car accident in 2014 and after 18 months of rehab in the gym I was no longer seeing any progress. Looking for other options, I contacted an aikido school and a sabre school (I’d trained both previously) and asked how they felt about taking on someone recovering from serious injury, who did not have full control… Read more →
First class back is this Thursday 4 January. Looking forward to seeing everyone back on the mat to start the year off with a bang. Just a reminder that we will be launching Self Defence Sundays in the near future. image: Creative Commons; Kvasir Read more →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →