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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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Thirty-one kids in thirty-one seconds: spring kyu promotions at ASC

Published on 20 Oct, 2013

A delightful little clip from our children’s Aikido gradings yesterday morning. Big thanks to all of the teachers involved and congratulations to all of our students for their outstanding efforts!    

 
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“Toughness” according to Leunig

Published on 12 Oct, 2013

A wonderful little cartoon by Michael Leunig on toughness and sensitivity…    

 
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10th Anniversary Gasshuku with Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan, 16-17 November 2013 – Registration now open!

Published on 22 Sep, 2013

  Less than 2 months to go now until our beloved teacher and dear friend, Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan, joins us from Japan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our dojo! Takeda Shihan is regarded as one of the greatest masters of Aikido and is renowned the world over for his innovative genius and liberating style

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Presence and poise: Daiyu Takeda Sensei at the 2013 Yokosuka Enbukai

Published on 26 Aug, 2013

A beautiful image of Daiyu Takeda Sensei (AKI Honbu Dojo) during his demonstration at the Yokosuka Aikido Enbukai in June 2013 (photographer: Yumiko Yajima).    

 
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