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What our students say about us…

 

The dojo has a warm and welcoming energy that reflects the Japanese heart of Aikido. That, together with the daily offer of classes, made committing to regular practice a pleasure. I would recommend Aikido to anyone who wants to grow and improve in their lives…

– Nikki Belle, 5 years’ experience

 

I like the peaceful space. I like the light. All the people I train with are so damned nice. I feel safe and challenged at the same time. Most of all, I feel invigorated with joy after training. Aikido seems to appeal to the gentler, more considerate, compassionate person. It brings out the best in me and makes me gentler…

– Rachel Goodman, 3 years’ experience

 

Was truly a great start – just the feeling and temperament I was hoping for…

– Scott Witt, new beginner

 

I think any age is a good age to start Aikido. I was 30. I wish I’d started when I was younger but then I might have given up on it for no good reason. I’m 56 now and can’t think why I’d stop… No-one warned me this thing was addictive…

– Peter Baillie, 26 years’ and counting

 

I wanted to learn a system of movement that worked without tension or conflict. I went and had a look at a few dojos before starting and it was the ‘kenkyukai’ style of movement that really caught my attention. It was less rigid-looking and more flowing. I enjoy the non-competitive and helpful attitude of all the students and instructors. I’m fitter than I was and I feel more balanced in my body...

– John O’Keefe, 9 months’ experience

 

I enjoy the falling and losing fear of the ground. I like the circular motion of the techniques and the collaborative aspect of the practice. The training is mentally cleansing and stimulating. Aikido is a beautiful and sophisticated martial art, although the term ‘martial art’ seems inadequate to capture what Aikido has to offer.

– Guillermo Pagella, 3 years’ experience

 

All the reasons I joined are all the reasons I keep coming back, and love doing so. In particular, there is rarely any judgement. As someone who has always been uncoordinated, it is great to be included and not left out because I don’t get what is going on.  Some classes I get to the end of and feel that I missed the entire point, but I still feel I have been challenged and have thoroughly enjoyed myself. I am in much better shape than I ever have been. I have a much better sense of self-awareness, and even better posture. I am also better able to focus and I do believe my honours results last year were significantly improved because I was training…

– Paul Stuart, 1 year’s experience

 

I read a book in my teens by Koichi Tohei Sensei and have had an interest in Aikido since then. I wanted to take up a martial art that I could (hopefully) do for the rest of my life. Aikido was the perfect choice. It relaxes my mind and body which helps make the stresses of everyday life more manageable. High blood pressure was a bit of an issue before I started but that has dropped dramatically since. I enjoy the fact that you can continuously improve and that there is always something to work on. Because it develops focus and sensitivity, and you can train at your own pace, it’s suitable for people of all abilities…

– Ian Fitzgerald, 5 years’ experience

 

I was initially attracted by the non-competitive nature of Aikido. I felt awkward in the beginning but the gracefulness of the advanced practitioners made me continue my training. I enjoy the feeling of the practice, the dojo space and the friends I have there.

– Bertrand Douillard, 8 years’ experience.

 

Looking for a dojo in my local area, I was straight away attracted by the non-violent nature of the Aikido and the friendly atmosphere of the dojo. I find it immensely intriguing to study a martial art in which the highest goal is not the destruction of an attacker, but to neutralise any attack without causing harm yourself – the ultimate form of self control. Kind of like being invincible without being invincible… Everbody is extremely friendly and helpful. That’s not to say that you’ll not be challenged and have to train hard to achieve anything. It is just that there is very little ego around.

– Carsten Orlt, 6 months’ experience.

 

I was attracted to Aikido due to it providing effective self defense techniques without the associated ego building and competition that tends to be an inherent quality in other martial arts. The support, challenge and development I experienced in the dojo made me decide to continue. I have trained in another style and like the location, friendliness of students, energy of the training, and approachability of the instructors at Aikido Sydney City. Aikido teaches me how to relax, something very important for me as I can be somewhat high strung at times…

– Diarmaid O’Mordha, 5 years’ experience

 

I was looking for a martial art that was more than self-defence and fight science. I needed to free my mind and really needed a release of adrenalin whilst making a connection with myself. Aikido was all of this. I remember the humbleness and warm welcome from Berin, Nikki and Peter on my first night. They were calm and warm, and that made me want to be part of it all. Although it takes me about 45 mins to get there by car, the class times suits me and the dynamic style of teaching I saw in that first class really attracted me. There is an amazing support system in the dojo. There is always someone willing to help and guide you…

– Jessica Cavaleri, 1 year’s experience