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Congratulations to our brand new 6th kyus!

Published on 8 Apr, 2015

Massive congratulations to our brand new 6th kyus who were officially promoted at last night’s friendship training! You guys have been on fire since your very first day in the dojo, training hard, always smiling, open and full of energy. It’s wonderful to see how quickly you’ve progressed, and how quickly you’ve each become such

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Celebrating 10 wonderful years of ASC’s annual Blue Mountains Aikido Retreat!

Published on 6 Apr, 2015

We’re very excited to announce that registration for Aikido Sydney City’s 10th annual Blue Mountains Aikido Retreat is now open! Come and help celebrate 10 years of this wonderful dojo tradition and experience a Japanese-style gasshuku where students live, eat and train together over several days in a beautiful bushland setting. The camp takes place

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NEW VIDEO: Sumi otoshi, the “corner drop”

Published on 5 Apr, 2015

Like any Aikido technique, sumi otoshi (the “corner drop”) can be expressed in a myriad of different ways. In this example, we begin by using our breath to catch the feeling of the oncoming attack (its speed, strength and timing) and draw our partner towards us. At the same time we enter deeply into his

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Special keiko with Hiroshi Yamamoto Sensei and guests from Japan at Aikido Sydney City

Published on 20 Mar, 2015

We were extremely lucky to have Hiroshi Yamamoto Sensei (AKI Japan, 6th dan) and guests from the Yokohama University and Kanto University Aikido clubs visit our dojo for special training on Tuesday night. It had been three years since Hiroshi Sensei’s last visit and he was in fine form, delivering a really fun class. Such

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March Friendship Training at ASC, 2015

Published on 6 Mar, 2015

A few shots from this month’s godogeiko (friendship training) at Aikido Sydney City. Such a fantastic night and great to see so many new students in attendance. You couldn’t ask for a nicer group of people to train with!      

 
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Surprise party for Ralf Weinand Sensei’s promotion to sandan

Published on 3 Mar, 2015

In February 2014, Ralf Weinand Sensei travelled to Japan to undertake an examination for his sandan (3rd-degree blackbelt) with Takeda Shihan. The grading was held at the AKI Hombu Dojo gasshuku in Itou. One year later – last Wednesday evening to be precise – a larger than usual crowd was gathering for Ralf Sensei’s weekly

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WONDERFUL NEWS! Takeda Shihan will return to Australia this November!

Published on 18 Feb, 2015

What a fantastic way to end the year! Takeda Shihan has just confirmed he’ll be returning to Australia in late spring! In addition to intensive early-morning training, Sensei will lead a weekend gasshuku from 21-22 November 2015 at Aikido Sydney City Dojo! His last visit in 2013 for our 10th anniversary was beyond words. It

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2015 Sydney Seminar with Hiroshi Yamamoto Sensei

Published on 12 Feb, 2015

Hiroshi Yamamoto Sensei (6th dan, AKI Japan) is chief instructor of the Yokohama City University Aikido Club and is one of Takeda Shihan’s senior students. He is highly regarded for the clarity and strength of his technique, as well as his generosity, warmth and humility. His previous seminars in Australia have been fantastic and this

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NEW VIDEO: Early morning training with Kadoya Sensei in Sydney, 2014

Published on 7 Feb, 2015

We’re very excited to be able to share this brand new video which has been so generously and beautifully crafted by one of our students. It features scenes from an early morning class with Yasumitsu Kadoya Sensei (AKI Japan, 6th dan) during his much anticipated Sydney seminar in 2014. The combination of camera angles and

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February’s Friendship Training and Saul Ripoll on top of the world!

Published on 4 Feb, 2015

The turnout for last night’s friendship training and dojo dinner was fantastic with nearly 20 people on the mat! Congratulations to Saul Ripoll who was all smiles after completing an incredible 400 oiwai ukemi before being officially promoted to ikkyu. An inspiring effort and a well-deserved promotion. Next stop: shodan! The next opportunity for senior

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