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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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AKI Sydney City’s 10th Anniversary BBQ and Special Training

Published on 11 Aug, 2013

The first day of spring this year will mark 10 years to the day since our very first Aikido class on Bondi Beach and the beginning of our dojo! Students, friends and family are warmly invited to join us as we kick off the celebrations on Saturday 31st August and give thanks for a decade

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Winter Kyu Promotions 2013

Published on 8 Aug, 2013

Congratulations to Carsten Orlt on his promotion to 4th kyu and his 100 oiwai ukemi at this month’s godogeiko! Well done!     The spring kyu promotions will take place on 14 September 2013 so refer to the grading syllabus and start preparing!

 
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Classic footage of Takeda Shihan and the Daisempai

Published on 25 Jul, 2013

A dynamic video clip of Takeda Shihan and the Daisempai at Higashi Totsuka Dojo in the late 1980s. This clip showcases variations of ikkyo and comes from a teaching video featuring demonstrations of kihon waza by Takeda Shihan and his senior-most students which was prepared for early members of Aikido Kenkyukai International in Australia. Taking

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Pendulum waves and spontaneous Aikido practice: some nice inspiration for your next research class!

Published on 11 Jun, 2013

Here’s some nice inspiration for your next research class! When I saw this video I was immediately reminded of the energetic sphere that envelops uke and nage during spontaneous Aikido practice; that space inside which subtle vibrations and openings – if given room and allowed to breathe – evolve into the most beautiful, fluid shapes

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ACT Region Winter Camp with Yasuyuki Suzuki Sensei, 7th dan

Published on 17 May, 2013

  AKI Canberra is looking forward to hosting Yasu Sensei, who inspired the formation of AKI Australia when he came to study English in Canberra in 1979, 34 years ago! Many Australian Aikidoka have benefited from his excellent Aikido and wonderful teaching over those long years.     Dates: Saturday & Sunday, 13-14 July 2013

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Aikido Sydney City’s first-ever Kids and Families Aikido Camp!

Published on 21 Apr, 2013

  We’re extremely excited to announce Aikido Sydney City’s first-ever Aikido camp for kids and families! This very special weekend will take place in a secluded retreat centre inside the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, complete with its own dedicated dojo space, log fireplace, and dormitory-style accommodation or private bunk rooms inside converted 1920s train

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Interview with Takeda Shihan by Aikikai Hombu Dojo

Published on 19 Apr, 2013

The following interview was conducted in 2006 by Aikikai Hombu Dojo after Takeda Shihan was awarded 8th dan by Doshu. It was published in the Hombu Dojo annual magazine and has been translated by Ayano Seymour.   Hombu: Tell us how you started teaching. Takeda Shihan: I originally liked martial arts and used to practise

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Aikido Sydney City featured in this month’s South Sydney Herald

Published on 3 Apr, 2013

This month’s South Sydney Herald includes an article on Aikido, featuring our dojo and an interview with chief instructor Berin Mackenzie Sensei.   “As one student pointed out, Aikido seems to appeal to the gentler, more considerate and compassionate person. The practice is very inclusive and absolutely anybody can learn. Every single person has a

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AKI’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Japan

Published on 17 Mar, 2013

This year marks a very special chapter in the history of Aikido Kenkyukai International (AKI) as our group prepares to celebrate both its 50th anniversary and 30 incredible years of Takeda Shihan’s Higashi Totsuka Dojo – the very heart of AKI. In May, nine students from Sydney City Dojo will be travelling to Japan to

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