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Industry Accreditation

Every one of our teachers at Aikido Sydney City is fully insured and individually accredited by the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA), the peak industry body for martial arts in Australia. We operate under their National Code of Practice, and are bound by the Instructors Code of Ethics. We have each undergone training in martial arts coaching, first-aid, risk management and child protection, as well as Working with Children Checks. Should you wish to verify the accreditation status of any of our teachers, please feel free to contact the MAIA.


Head Teacher

Berin Mackenzie (5th dan, dojocho) Aikido Kenkyukai Sydney City

Berin Mackenzie (5th dan) has been studying Aikido for 25 years. He began his training at the age of 15 and made his first visit to Japan to study with Takeda Shihan in 1998. Two years later, Berin moved to Japan to pursue his practice at the AKI Honbu Dojo, and was privileged to spend three years of intensive study with Takeda Shihan and his senior students. With the encouragement of his teacher, he returned to Australia in 2003 and began sharing his unique Aikido experience. He maintains a close connection with Takeda Shihan and returns to Japan several times each year to further his study.

Berin is known for his joyful, dynamic and creative approach to his practice, emphasising softness, sensitivity, connection with his partners and freedom in movement. His passion for Aikido has taken him all over the world, including Canada, the USA, Indonesia, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina. Berin has been accredited with the MAIA since 2004, and is the author of the AKI Japanese Aikido Glossary.


Other Leaders

Natalia Pinello

Accredited Instructor, 1st dan


Saul Ripoll

Accredited Instructor, 1st dan

Aikido Sydney City - Saul Ripoll


Nikki Silverman

Accredited Instructor, 1st dan