Bringing the spirit of Aikido to the Ryde, Epping & Parramatta community


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


Ryde Dojo Anniversary Training – Thurs 26th October

The end of October signifies the anniversary of Ryde Aikido dojo, so we’ll be celebrating another year with a special anniversary training on Thursday 26th October followed by dinner and refreshment at a local restaurant (to be confirmed).

Training will start a little earlier – about 6:45pm so please make sure you are there early to help prepare the dojo. It should prove to be an enjoyable evening. Hope to see you all there!


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:


Gradings this Thursday

Just a reminder, we’ll be doing some kyu gradings this Thursday, so please try and make an extra effort to come along and support those fellow students who are grading.

A grading is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to show how far we’ve come, and its nice to be able to share that with the rest of the dojo.

And we might grab a celebratory drink and bite to eat afterwards. Hope to see you all there! 



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:


Ishii Sensei 7th dan at Ryde dojo tonight!

Don’t forget Ishii Sensei (7th dan) will be teaching the class at AKI Ryde dojo tonight! Class will run from 7:00-8:30pm, but please be there early to help prepare. Cost is $20 (or $5 for those who have paid monthly). Training will be followed by drinks and dinner somewhere locally. 

It is both an honour and a wonderful opportunity to have such a senior Sensei visit our dojo. We look forward to seeing you all there tonight!  


IIshi Sensei at Ryde Dojo Thursday 6th July

Great News!  Iishi Sensei (7th Dan) has agreed to take the class at AKI Ryde dojo on Thusday 6th July – just before heading to Canberra for the weekend gasshuku.

Iishi Sensei is a long term student of Yamaguchi Sensei and it is a real honour to have such a senior Sensei run a seminar in our dojo. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from such an experienced teacher. 

Hope to see you all there on the 6th July (that’s Thursday week).  


Ishii Sensei 7th Dan in Canberra: 8-9 July 2017

Ishii sensei (7th Dan) returns to Canberra in July after many his years. A long time student of the late Yamaguchi sensei Ishii sensei shares a common tradition with our AKI teachers.  Ishii sensei was last in Canberra in 1999, where he taught for several months. His clear descriptions, practical and concise technique, and generous nature are remembered fondly and we look forward to training with him again.


Saturday 8 July (10.00am – 4.00pm)

Sunday 9 July (9.00am – 2.00pm)


Cook Dojo, Cook Community Centre, 41 Templeton St Cook Canberra

Click here for the July Camp registration form

And you can go to for all the details.

Hope to see you there!


No classes on Anzac Day

Unfortunately we’re unable to get access to the dojo this Tuesday (25th April) as its the Anzac Day public holiday, so there will be no class this Tuesday evening. Everything is back to normal for Thursday – See you all then!  

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