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 →

Grading and farewell

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 →

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 →

Why I do aikido by Ray B

Why I do aikido by Ray B

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 →

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 →

why do aikido?

Why do aikido? by Cass

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 →

Keyboard warrior

I’m currently learning to type and realising it’s a great analog for learning in the dojo. I’ve been typing for a long time, mostly with two fingers, and wanted to take my skills to the next level. It’s been tough because there is so much unlearning to do. Daily activities involve lots of repetitive mechanical drills to bed in a… 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 →

warrior-artist

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 →