WELCOME TO BRISBANE AIKIKAI
- est. 1992 -
We are a traditional Aikido dojo and we welcome all beginners, new members and visitors from all other dojos. Brisbane Aikikai is a non-profit organisation, which was founded in 1992.
Aikido is a non-competitive, non-aggressive martial art developed by the late master, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), known as O Sensei. After mastering many martial arts he spent his later years developing Aikido as an art to defend oneself without inflicting unnecessary harm. Aikido is a true budo, where martial training is utilised as a way to spiritual growth. Aikikai is the name of the world-wide organisation lead by the grandson of the founder of Aikido.
Our permanent dojo is conveniently located in central Brisbane and it is our privilege to be affiliated with Aikido Shinryukan (NZ) through the Chief Instructor of that organisation, Nobuo Takase Shihan (7th Dan). This affiliation links us directly to Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan, enabling our students to undertake gradings that are internationally recognised.
Our club has a great wealth of senior instructors (three 5th Dan, four 4th Dan and six 3rd Dan), who collectively hold many years of experience teaching the art in Australia, and other parts of the world.
New to Aikido? Read about our "Beginners program" here.
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Chris is our Chief Instructor and started learning Aikido here in Brisbane. Since then he has also been involved in Aikido overseas, such as in Beijing performing demonstrations during the World Combat Games, and also instructing at seminars in NZ. Outside the dojo Chris is an acupuncturist and massage therapist.
Mark began his Aikido journey in the UK, with teachers such as Chiba, Kanetsuka, and Tamura Senseis before moving to Australia and training under Sugano Sensei and more recently with Takase Sensei. Aikido is a family affair for Mark with his son Luke (3rd Dan) also an active member of the dojo. He regularly teaches Monday and Thursday evening Beginners' classes. Mark is retired but retains some research interests as Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Engineering at QUT.
David started his training in California in the mid-1980’s and has been instructing since 1995. He has been fortunate to have studied under Shibata Sensei, Kanai Sensei, Sugano Sensei and now Takase Sensei. His ‘day job’ is as an organisational psychologist. He takes the Sunday morning classes.