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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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Hiroshi Yamamoto Sensei and Daiyu Takeda Sensei receive 6th dan!

Published on 13 Jan, 2014

In recognition of their outstanding efforts, Hiroshi Yamamoto Sensei and Daiyu Takeda Sensei of AKI Japan were both awarded the rank of 6th dan at yesterday’s kagamibiraki ceremony at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. On behalf of all of us whom you’ve supported and inspired over the years with your generosity and joyful practice,

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First friendship training of the new year

Published on 7 Jan, 2014

Great crew and lovely energy on the mat tonight for our first godogeiko and dojo dinner of 2014! A good omen for the coming year of practice. We are blessed…    

 
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First encounter with Takeda Shihan

Published on 15 Dec, 2013

A friend recently unearthed this short video of my first meeting with Takeda Shihan. It was taken at an easter gasshuku in Canberra when I was just 19 years old. Nearly 20 years later, I’m still trying to relax my shoulders…    

 
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AKI Sydney City Dojo 10th anniversary t-shirts

Published on 28 Oct, 2013

Peter Sedgwick has designed a beautiful t-shirt to commemorate our 10th anniversary! It features Peter’s exquisite ink wash drawing of Takeda Shihan and will be screen printed in indigo onto a white cotton tee. Please contact us to pre-order in time for pick up at our anniversary gasshuku in Sydney on 16-17 November.    

 
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A beautiful gift to AKI Sydney City Dojo from Uruguay

Published on 25 Oct, 2013

A beautiful gift to the dojo from our friend, renowned Uruguayan artist, film maker and writer, Pablo Casacuberta, on the eve of our 10th anniversary celebration! We now have three of Pablo’s superb, signature works hanging in our dojo, each one commemorating a different visit by our beloved mentor, Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan, and preserving these

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The stunning poster for our 10th anniversary gasshuku with Takeda Shihan

Published on 21 Oct, 2013

The stunning new poster for our upcoming 10th anniversary celebration with guest of honour Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan (AKI Japan, 8th dan) is now available! We are incredibly grateful to Peter Sedgwick for his generous and inspired design work, and the beautiful ink drawing of Sensei he brushed by hand. Thank you so much Peter!  

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