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2017 AKI Australia Friendshuku – 25 & 26 November, Mittagong NSW

2017 2nd National Friendship Gasshuku (Friendshuku 2) – Flyer

Come join us again for this unique training experience – our second Friendship Gasshuku. The weekends training will be held in beautiful Mittagong again and the training led this year by our fourth dans from across AKI Australia. As well as training there’ll be plenty of time together to eat and hang out at the beautiful Harmony Centre. Come with an open heart and open mind to live, love and learn in a collaborative, supportive and friendly environment.

This is our last gathering of the year and a chance to review and acknowledge everything that is Aikido Kenkyukai 2017.  As this is a live-in style gasshuku and food and accomodation provided, everyone will need to pre-register prior to the event. Information and Registration forms can be downloaded from here:  2017 Friendshuku- Registration Form

You will also need to sign the gasshuku waiver. Waivers can be downloaded from here:  2017 Friendshuku- Gasshuku Waiver

Details are as follows:

Training: Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts, 1/8 Davy St, Mittagong

Accommodation: The Harmony Centre, 11 Beresford St, Mittagong

Dates: 25-26 November 2017

Times: 12:00pm Saturday – 2:00pm Sunday

Cost: $150 (Training, Saturday Dinner, Sunday Breakfast & Accommodation Included)


  • Bedding including linen, blankets, pillows and towels (mattress or swag as needed)
  • Weapons

For more information please contact:

Jeffrey James on 0418 616 217 or email:

Hosted by Erindale, Orange, West Ryde and Bowral Dojos.


Takeda Shihan (8th Dan) visiting Australia – 30 Oct – 5 Nov 2017

Thanks to everyone who came along on Thursday to make the Ryde Aikido Dojo 8th Anniversary Training such a special evening.

Also don’t forget Takeda Shihan will be in Sydney for a weeks training this coming week. If you haven’t already registered for next weekend’s seminar (4-5 November) or the early morning intensive (30 Oct – 3 Nov), you should do so ASAP via the link on the Aikido Sydney City seminar webpage:

Some of the details are listed below; 
Dates: Mon-Fri 30 Oct-3 Nov 2017 (Early Morning Intensive); Sat-Sun 4-5 Nov 2017 (Weekend Seminar)
Venue: AKI Sydney City Dojo, Australia
Registration: pre-registration online essential, spaces confirmed once full payment is received 
Cost: Early-morning Intensive $100 for full 5 days or $30 per class; Weekend Seminar $180 or $100 per day. Concessions available for full-time students / financial hardship.
Waiver & Registration Form: to be downloaded, completed and brought with you to the event 
Enquiries: please email us 
Schedule of Classes:
Early-morning Intensive
    • Mon 30 Oct – 6:30am-8:00am
    • Tue 31 Oct – 6:30am-8:00am
    • Wed 1 Nov – 6:30am-8:00am
    • Thu 2 Nov – 6:30am-8:00am
    • Fri 3 Nov – 6:30am-8:00am

Weekend Seminar

Sat 4 Nov

    • 8:30am-10:30am – keiko
    • 10:30am-12:30pm – break for morning tea
    • 12:30pm-2:30pm – keiko
    • 6:00pm-8:00pm – Seminar dinner

Sun 4 Nov

    • 8:30am-10:30am – keiko
    • 10:30am-12:30pm – break for morning tea
    • 12:30pm-2:30pm – keiko
    • 6:00pm-8:00pm – Seminar dinner


Suzuki Sensei (7th dan) in Melbourne 16-17 September

Next up on the 2017 Aiki-calendar is Suzuki Sensei returning to Australia – this time to Melbourne. AKI Bentleigh dojo will be hosting this weekend (16 and 17 September 2017) visit of Suzuki Sensei to share his teaching. This should be a wonderful weekend. Details are outlined below:

Location: Huntingdale Primary School Hall, Grange St, Oakleigh South Victoria
Times: Sat 16th 11am – 4pm
Sunday 17th 9am – 2pm
Cost $160 for weekend ($90 one day)
(Early bird fee $150 before 31 August)
More info and registration contact:


Kumazawa Sensei 1-Day Seminar at Balmain

Great News!, Kumazawa Sensei will be visiting Australia next month and has agreed to give a 1- day seminar at Balmain dojo. Another great  oppporunity to train with a highly experienced and proficient senior instructor. Don’t miss it! 

TIME: 10AM – 3PM
FEE: $40

Spaces will be limited so please register at:


2017 Start Up This Tuesday

Happy New Year all, Hope you’ve all had a safe and enjoyable break. Don’t forget we’re back for 2017 from this Tuesday the 31st. Hope to see you there from 6:30pm. 


AKI Australia Inaugural Women’s Camp, Adelaide 21-22 January 2017.


2017-womens-gasshuku We’re delighted to confirm that AKI Australia’s Inaugural Women’s Camp will be taking place on the 21-22 of January 2017 in Adelaide! This will be the very first Australian Aikido Camp led by women especially for women!

Women practitioners of all levels are warmly invited to join the training. Enclosed is a copy of the Women’s Camp poster.

Some homestay options will be available and some social events will be organised to make the most out of our gathering 🙂

If you haven’t already, please contact Natalia at to express your interest or ask any questions.

Stay tuned for further details.

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Friendship gasshuku this weekend!

Only two days to go to this weekends Inaugural AKI Australia Friendship Gasshuku!  If you haven’t registered but still want to join in, download the registration form and follow the instructions to register and pay.

Its a live-in style gasshuku with Training Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, dinner on Saturday night (Thai restaurant) and accomodation all included. Accomodation is dormitory style and you will need to bring your own linen etc. There are kitchen facilities for the morning and there will be some basic breakfast items provided. There are also some good cafes in town, but if you have specific dietary requirements you’re advised to self-cater.

Full details are on the registration form, but please remember to bring:

  • A copy of the waiver (if you’re not a financial member of Newcastle, Balmain, Ryde or Orange dojo) 
  • Linen, Blankets, Towels, Pillows, Toilettries  etc
  • Dogis and weapons
  • Smiles 🙂

If you get lost, below are some key details. We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday between 12 and 12:30 ! Travel safely.  

Venue:   Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts Centre, 1/8 Davy St Mittagong, NSW 

Accommodation:  Harmony Foundation, 11 Beresford St Mittagong, NSW

Enquiries:  Jeffrey James on 0418 616 217



Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying your holiday break.

Just a short note to confirm Ryde Aikido classes will resume on Tuesday 12th January. Don’t forget annual memberships ($90.00) will be due.

May 2016 be a great year for us all, full of learning and progress. Look forward to seeing you all soon!



Sense I Bill Gleason will be joining us this week and next

Sensei Bill Gleason (7th dan) from Boston is arriving this week to lead a 3 day workshop this long weekend at Terry Hills, and he has kindly agreed to take classes at Ryde before and after. This is a rare opportunity to learn from someone who has dedicated his life to developing his aikido. Classes will start a little earlier and go for 2hours. Details are:

When: Thursday 4th June, next Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th

Where: AKI Ryde dojo

Time: Classes will start 6.30 to 8.30 on these days.

Cost: $20.

Visitors are welcome but will need to arrive early to complete a waiver. Please also join us afterwards for a meal and refreshment if you can.

Hope to see you there!

This should be a great warm up to, and taste of the weekend gasshuku. Details on the weekend gasshuku are available at:



Grading certificates

We will be awarding grading certificates this Thursday for those who graded recently. Hope to see you there to either receive your certificate or congratulate those that do. 🙂

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