For more information email us at: SwinburneAikido@gmail.com
Call Bill: 0412 956741
For Swinburne students: $47 for a half year. Train at any dojo and be officially graded by Aiki Kai Australia
Our parent organisation, Aiki Kai Australia, represents the mainstream of Aikido thinking. Our founding teacher, Sugano Shihan (dec), was a live-in (uchi-deshi) student of the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei O Sensei. So you could say we follow the trunk of the tree. There are a number of schools that have branched off, after their particular founders studied under O Sensei, then wanted to concentrate on certain aspects of his training and apply their own interpretations. Sugano Shihan took great care to pass the ideas and teachings that O Sensei gave to him onto his students and now we strive to maintain that direct tradition.
We are not a sport, there are no competitions, we train in the traditional method of taking turns to apply techniques to each other, or in a group. As you progress you will be required to train with a multiple of people at the one time, which will build a sound understanding of individual and group dynamics.
We are officially recognised by the World Aikido Headquarters in Japan and have authorisation to grade students to very senior black-belt levels. These grades are internationally recognised and all our students who grade to black-belt level receive a personal certificate from the Japanese headquarters, Hombu Dojo, and their grade details are registered there.
To help you get to this standard, Aiki Kai Australia has an enviable list of the most highly graded instructors in the country, with at least a 6th Dan, or higher grade, in all our branches.
As a general guide, when visiting various dojos watch how they train, look for a happy dojo, where people are working hard and enjoying themselves at the same time. See if the style of training would suit you and if it's an Aiki Kai Australia dojo, please feel free to ask as many questions as you like.
Students who train with Swinburne Aikido Club are required to join Aiki Kai Australia. The cost for students is $47 for a semester or half year. There are no mat fees other than a gold coin payment if students train once or twice before joining AKA. Non students are required to be members of AKA in order to train. Students who join AKA are able to train at other dojos and to grade.
We are a not-for-profit organisation. All our instructors freely donate their time. Which means the training is based around quality not quantity. We don't rely on student numbers for our livelihoods; therefore, our main interest is to impart the best Aikido we know how.
For you this means, training as hard as you're able, meeting high standards and working through a rigorous grading syllabus. As you pass each grading test you'll feel a great degree of pleasure and satisfaction, knowing the work you put in to attain that level.