You are invited…….. come one, come all……… all styles welcome, to a special event.


Originally posted on Aikido Brisbane - Musings and news on Aikido in Brisbane and round the traps:

Hi all,
 
We are having our first Great Ocean Aikido seminar for 2015 at Brisbane Aikido Republic. We are holding a combined mini-seminar and grading on the April the 25th. This will include instruction from Jim Nichols Sensei and Andrew Sunter Sensei followed by a 2nd Kyu grading for Meaghan and a Shodan grading for Susan.
 
The seminar will run from 2pm with instruction from both Jim and Andrew Sensei.
 
For those that haven’t met either Jim or Andrew previously here is a brief description of their backgrounds in Aikido:
 
Jim Nichols Sensei
 
Our leader in building open and inclusive communities that work for the benefit and empowerment of others, Jim holds dan grades from three styles of Aikido and has organised numerous seminars for the last 20 years and was the outgoing head instructor for Goshinkan in Byron Bay.
 
Jim was awarded a…

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You are invited…….. come one, come all……… all styles welcome, to a special event.


Hi all,
 
We are having our first Great Ocean Aikido seminar for 2015 at Brisbane Aikido Republic. We are holding a combined mini-seminar and grading on the April the 25th. This will include instruction from Jim Nichols Sensei and Andrew Sunter Sensei followed by a 2nd Kyu grading for Meaghan and a Shodan grading for Susan.
 
The seminar will run from 2pm with instruction from both Jim and Andrew Sensei.
 
For those that haven’t met either Jim or Andrew previously here is a brief description of their backgrounds in Aikido:
 
Jim Nichols Sensei
 
Our leader in building open and inclusive communities that work for the benefit and empowerment of others, Jim holds dan grades from three styles of Aikido and has organised numerous seminars for the last 20 years and was the outgoing head instructor for Goshinkan in Byron Bay.
 
Jim was awarded a 7th dan in Aikido by Koretoshi Maruyama.
 
Andrew Sunter Sensei
 
Andrew Sunter began training in Aikido in 1989. He holds dan ranks in several schools of Aikido and received 6th dan from Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei, who he often accompanied to seminars nationally and internationally.
 
Having trained in both hard and soft styles of Aikido, Andrew today offers instruction in Aiki, encompassing the totality of these. He provides individualised instruction appropriate to each stage of the journey. He uses, but is not bound by, the framework of syllabus through the vehicles of kata (technique), weapons, internal training and modern science.
 
All we are asking is $20 for three hours of training. If you want to come and support Susan or Meaghan for there grading but are unable to make the seminar there is no charge.
 
We are going to have some time after the seminar and grading to relax after the grading to help Susan and Meaghan to celebrate. We will announce a location for the celebrations closer to the date.
 
Aikidoka from all styles and dojos are welcome, and we look forward to seeing new friends and old.
 
Aran

Sports without borders conference, Melbourne 2015


Daniel James:

Sport and Budo have a lot of overlap, this upcoming conference might be of interest for those hoping to grow links into the community – or just grow and engage at a deeper level

Originally posted on Sports Technology Blog - Enabling technologies for sport and health:

sports-without-borders2If you like sport, what it can do for our communities and how its growing and changing (esp. with technology) then this conference might be for you.

Sports without borders conference

Friday, 1 May, 2015 – Moonee Ponds, Melbourne.

I’m not Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, but… Stop. Think. Change.”

The 2015 National Community Sports Conference, hosted by Sports Without Borders and Our Community, brings together the complete picture – sportspeople, club officials, volunteers, policymakers, government funders, federal and local government workers, peak bodies, and sports administrators. 

People from different cultural backgrounds, people who speak English as a second language, girls and women, gay people and people with disabilities face the challenges of being “outsiders” at sports clubs across Australia.

Discrimination in sport needs to be addressed and this conference brings debate, discussion and deliberation on some of the challenges sporting communities face to become more inclusive.

This…

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Sensei Gleason in Brisbane 12 -14 June 2015 First time ever !


Originally posted on Aikido Brisbane - Musings and news on Aikido in Brisbane and round the traps:

Do not miss this opportunity to train with an accomplished master of the aikido arts, his depth of knowledge is undeniable and he delivers it it in plain English !

Here is what Sensei Steve Seymour (6 th Dan Kenkyukai Aikido Sydney Balmain) has to say and he is hosting Bill Gleason, 7th dan, again this year over the June long weekend at Terrey Hills dojo. Classes start at midday on Saturday 6th June and go through until 1pm Monday 8th June.
The following weekend 13/14th June, Bill will be teaching a seminar in Brisbane so people can back up for seconds.
Last year Bill attracted people from 17 dojo & 9 different aikido groups. He is truly one of the clearest instructors of “aiki” in the Aikido world today and is acknowledged as such in the USA. His explanations, understanding and skill are exceptional. It isn’t something…

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Sensei Gleason in Brisbane 12 -14 June 2015 First time ever !


Do not miss this opportunity to train with an accomplished master of the aikido arts, his depth of knowledge is undeniable and he delivers it it in plain English !

Here is what Sensei Steve Seymour (6 th Dan Kenkyukai Aikido Sydney Balmain) has to say and he is hosting Bill Gleason, 7th dan, again this year over the June long weekend at Terrey Hills dojo. Classes start at midday on Saturday 6th June and go through until 1pm Monday 8th June.
The following weekend 13/14th June, Bill will be teaching a seminar in Brisbane so people can back up for seconds.
Last year Bill attracted people from 17 dojo & 9 different aikido groups. He is truly one of the clearest instructors of “aiki” in the Aikido world today and is acknowledged as such in the USA. His explanations, understanding and skill are exceptional. It isn’t something that is common in the aikido world.

The ability to demonstrate effortless, unsourceable, unstoppable power ( aiki ) and to describe what one needs to do, to manifest it, is unique and it has been a product of Bill’s years with Yamaguchi and most recently his association with Dan Harden.  A man whose skill is unbelievable.  A number of AKI Aust practitioners as well as other denominations, have attended Dan’s seminars and can attest to his remarkable skill.

A quote from an Aikido 7th Dan in USA ” Dan is the most advanced Aiki practioner alive today ” ! The skill is derived also from Sokaku Takeda, via a different lineage to O’Sensei.

This will be Bill’s 4th visit down under and last year he was light years ahead of the Bill Gleason of the year before. Dan has really increased his ability exponentially.

For me, the most important classes I can attend ! <Steve Seymour>

Dropbox link below for detailed flyer for Brisbane Seminar with Bill Gleason

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mcjaq7lpm4jin1/Flyer%20for%20Gleason%20Gasshuku%20June%202015.pdf?dl=0

Start me up 2015


It has been great to get back into training in 2015, if you are stalling your restart…….don’t,…….. the sooner you are back on the mat the sooner you will feel yourself again.

Ok, so we are taking it a little easier with the heat but you forget about it as the cool breeze rushes through your hair during ukemi, …….maybe not quite that good but a nice image.

It is a fact that by the time you are thirsty it is a little too late to re hydrate, so please drink as much as possible 2 -3 hours before hitting the dojo, that way you will feel better and recover faster. Drinking while training really should just be topping up.

We thought it would be good to outline a few of the highlights coming up this year to look forward too as well.

Mark these in your calendar.
• Yundansha grading and visiting Great Ocean Aikido founders possibly March waiting on      confirmation on this one.

• Invitation to join Shimamoto sensei with our Bayside akidoka friends on 26/4/15. Link to Sensie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oXlbYrGAzk

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• First ever Brisbane seminar with Shihan Bill Gleason, in June, he was a direct student of Sensei Yamaguchi for ten years and a absolute living legend of the art. More information and teachings of Shihan Gleason to come soon, dates 13 & 14 June 2015.
• Other visiting Sensei’s TBA throughout the year and seminars to attend we will advise as they come to hand.

One of the great positives being involved with GOA is the ability for all of us to be exposed to various “brands” of aikido, even encouraged to do so.

This allows each person no matter what level the opportunity to take what inspires then from such encounters and blend it into their practice.

To quote David Brown Sensei ” Aikido is Aikido – there is no distinction between different schools”

So get started into your Aikido in 2015 and look forward to some inspiration in your training, see you at the dojo.