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“Takeda Sensei on Grading” by Ralph Pettman

Published on 19 Jul, 2014

The following article was originally published by Ralph Pettman Sensei in 2005. It eloquently captures Takeda Sensei’s approach to gradings and qualities he values in his students. It also provides a beautiful insight into Sensei’s broader philosophy on Aikido training where he encourages each of his pupils, and indeed himself, to develop their inner wisdom

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Poster for the upcoming Sydney gasshuku with Kadoya Sensei

Published on 5 Jul, 2014

Just over a month to go now until Yasumitsu Kadoya Sensei (AKI Japan 6th dan) returns to Australia to lead his much-anticipated weekend gasshuku at Sydney City Dojo. Kadoya Sensei will also be leading a special kids class as part of our children’s Aikido program. Please help us to spread the word by sharing this

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Highlights from this year’s Blue Mountains Winter Camp

Published on 3 Jul, 2014

The video below was put together by the students of Sydney City Dojo as a surprise birthday gift and features some of the highlights from this year’s Blue Mountains Aikido Retreat. The original version screened in the dojo featured several Shirley Bassey numbers(!!) cleverly matched with the Aikido movements to create a very funny video!

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“Training with Takeda Sensei” by Ralph Pettman

Published on 30 May, 2014

The following article was originally published by Ralph Pettman Sensei after a visit to the AKI Hombu Dojo in 2001. I was living in Japan and studying with Takeda Sensei at that time, and Ralph’s article evokes the excitement and energy we all felt as Takeda Sensei stepped onto the mat. Sensei was evolving at

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A superlative performance by Takeda Shihan at the All Japan Aikido Demonstration

Published on 25 May, 2014

With the All Japan Aikido Demonstrations taking place this weekend in Tokyo, it seemed fitting to revisit some of the magnificent demonstrations Takeda Shihan has given at this event over the years. Below is one from an early and quite technical period in his evolution, and Sensei’s performance is simply superlative. The influence of his

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Pure joy: atogeiko with Yasumitsu Kadoya Sensei (AKI Japan)

Published on 24 May, 2014

Atogeiko (literally ‘after practice’) is a signature feature of the AKI style of Aikido founded by Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan (8th dan, Aikikai Japan). At the end of the formal class, students bow to their sensei (teacher) and senpai (senior students) for ukemi, and will receive anywhere from 20 to 100 throws at a time depending

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Poetry in motion: Yasumitsu Kadoya Sensei’s Aikido demonstration at Hachimangu Shrine 2012

Published on 22 Apr, 2014

We are very proud to be able to share with you another glimpse of Yasumitsu Kadoya Sensei’s heartbreakingly beautiful Aikido as we prepare for his upcoming and much-anticipated gasshuku in Sydney this August. The clip below was filmed at the annual AKI Japan Friendship Training and Aikido Demonstration held in Kamakura in spring 2012. It

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Registration for the 9th Annual Blue Mountains Winter Aikido Retreat is now open!

Published on 15 Apr, 2014

We’re excited to announce that registration for our 9th annual Blue Mountains Aikido Retreat is now open! This is a very special and unique opportunity for Australian Aikidoka to experience a traditional Japanese-style gasshuku where students live, eat and train together over several days in a beautiful native bushland setting. The camp takes place in

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The wait is finally over: Yasumitsu Kadoya Sensei returns to Australia this August!

Published on 29 Mar, 2014

  It gives us immense pleasure to announce the long-awaited return of Yasumitsu Kadoya Sensei (AKI Japan, 6th dan)! It’s been 20 years since his last visit down under and this winter, we’re incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to study with him once again here in Australia. Kadoya Sensei is chief instructor of the

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Aikido Friendship Training – February 2014

Published on 5 Feb, 2014

The lineup at last night’s godogeiko! It was an especially nice class thanks to the wonderful energy everyone brought to the mat. The diversity of personalities, nationalities, body types and ukemi, and most importantly the unbridled passion for the practice, makes this such an exciting group to be training with at the moment. Absolutely L-O-V-I-N-G

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