CanberraHead Instructor: Ann Reekie Sensei
Background: Ann commenced aikido training at the North Sydney dojo with Saburo Takayasu Sensei and Michael Marelli Sensei in 1994. She was awarded her black belt in 1999. Soon after this, Ann began teaching as an assistant instructor at Ian Thomson Sensei’s Camperdown dojo.
Ann has travelled extensively to attend intensive aikido seminars and to be immersed in the world of aikido as a live-in student with many internationally renowned senior Sensei. She has studied with the late Morihiro Saito Sensei 9th Dan and his son Hitohiro Saito Sensei in Iwama, Japan. She has also studied with Ulf Evenas Sensei 7th Dan in Sweden and Patricia Hendricks Sensei 6th Dan in the USA.
Aikido is much more than a martial art for Ann. It is a way of life which develops capacities of awareness, sensitivity, respect and nurturing. It is great for physical exercise, strength and flexibility. The comprehensive and sometimes complex array of techniques keeps one mentally and spiritually alert. And it’s fun! The magic of aikido – a fascination and awe at how it all works – is what keeps Ann ‘hooked’.
Canberra Dojo History: When Ann moved to Canberra there was no aikido dojo teaching “Takemusu Aiki”, also known as “Iwama Style Aikido”. The philosophy of our training syllabus involves close integration of Taijutsu (empty handed body techniques) and Bukiwaza (weapons – sword & staff). This is the form of aikido as bequeathed to us by Morihei Ueshiba (O’Sensei) the Founder of Aikido after he had completed the integration of body and weapon techniques during his post-war years in Iwama.
The Canberra Aikido Dojo was established in keeping with the Takemusu Aiki Association undertaking to promote the teachings of O-Sensei as passed on by the late Morihiro Saito Sensei 9th Dan Shihan. The dojo at the Garran Scout Hall was officially opened in November 2008 by Takayasu Sensei, 6th Dan Shihan. Over 60 students attended the Opening Seminar.
Ann maintains a strong bond between the Canberra Aikido Dojo and our Sydney sister dojos. The monthly Sunday Workshops are usually taught by an invited Sydney instructor. Ian Thomson Sensei 4th Dan (photo top right) is a regular visiting instructor at the Canberra Aikido Dojo.
Dojo Philosophy: Promotion of the aikido spirit and precision in execution of techniques. Japanese language development is also encouraged.
Timetable & Fees
|Monday||8:00 - 9:30pm||Tai-jitsu|
|Tuesday||7:00 - 8:00am||Buki-waza|
|Wednesday||8:00 - 9:30pm||Advanced Tai-jitsu|
|Thursday||6:00 - 8:00pm||Buki-waza & Tai-jitsu|
|Saturday||8:00 - 9:00pm||Beginners Class|
|Sunday||8:00 - 10:00am||Buki-waza & Tai-jitsu|
Annual Association Fee: $30
Monthly Fee: $80
Casual Training Fee: $15
For the most up to date fee and schedule for Canberra dojo, please visit http://www.aikilife.com.au
3 Dundas Court Phillip ACT 2606 Australia
Dojo Contact: Ann Reekie
Phone: +61 (0)449 508 068