Sydney City Centre

Head Instructor: Saburo Takayasu Sensei

Head Instructor

Saburo Takayasu Sensei, 7th Dan Shihan

Ground Floor, 72 Mary Street, Surry Hills Sydney, NSW 2010 Australia
Email: aikido@aikidoaus.com.au
Phone: +61 (02) 9211 7511

Background: Takayasu Sensei, 7th Dan Shihan, is the Chief Instructor of the Takemusu Aiki Association and is Morihiro Saito Sensei’s leading Japanese student teaching Aikido outside of Japan. His Aikido lineage traces directly to the Founder of Aikido through Morihiro Saito Sensei. Whilst studying at Ibaraki University, Takayasu Sensei trained at both the University Dojo and Iwama Dojo from 1967 to 1973. He was present at the last class taught by O-Sensei in Iwama in 1968. He then undertook a special training tour to a number of dojos in the USA under a letter of referral from Saito Sensei, including two weeks with Yamada Sensei in New York. Takayasu Sensei has lived and taught Aikido in Sydney for thirty years since arriving in 1974. Saito Sensei introduced him to the 2nd Doshu as one of his new Shihans at the Taisai remembrance at the Aiki Shrine in Iwama in April 1995. Takayasu Sensei’s personal dojo is the Sydney City dojo located in Surry Hills, Sydney.

Training: The emphasis of Takemusu Aiki practice is on fundamental kihon techniques and principles, slow and precise movement, energy extension (kokyu power) and sharp powerful hip rotation. The focus is on developing strong, stable and effective static forms before progressing onto more flowing and faster movements at higher levels of training. One of the unique aspects of Takemusu Aiki is the emphasis on the interrelationship between weapons and body techniques. The practice of sword and staff is integral to the development of solid and stable body movement and powerful extension. Weapons are taught through a number of solo exercises with the sword and staff, followed by partner practices where more advanced principles are explored. Takayasu Sensei insists on all students training together regardless of level and ability in order that the whole dojo can grow together. There are approximately twenty-five to thirty regular students including a 5th Dan, a 4th Dan and five 3rd Dan students.

Dojo Philosophy: Takayasu Sensei is actively following Saito Sensei’s wish to preserve Aikido the way it was taught by O-Sensei, and encourages all students and senior instructors to maintain purity of technique and martial spirit. He believes Aikido training should be strong and martially effective, beneficial and strengthening for the body and mind, and at the same time develop the underlying principles of Aiki. The focus of the Sydney City dojo is to train students in the basics of Aikido in order for them to become in turn effective and capable teachers. This is done through the constant practice of kihon, the fundamental and basic techniques and principles of Aikido. With this solid grounding in the basics, black belt students are encouraged to pass on their learning to the beginning students whilst “developing their own Aikido”. Senior students are further encouraged to branch out and start their own dojo. The effectiveness of this approach can be seen in the number of strong and successful branch dojos under the support and guidance of the Takemusu Aiki Association.

 Timetable & Fees

 

TimeClassInstructor
Monday
7:30-8:30amGeneral ClassesLen Shenfield
  • Len Shenfield

    Len Shenfield, 4th dan.

    Len started training in December 1992 in the Eastern Suburbs dojo that was run by Daniel Falero, then 2nd dan black belt with 12 years’ aikido experience with many years of judo prior to that.
    Daniel is one of the senior instructors of Takemusu Aiki Association and Len trained with him for over 20 years. He still considers him his teacher, though he stopped actively teaching a few years ago.

    In Len’s approach to training obtaining the next grade takes a back seat to learning the art. Takemusu Aiki offers a great foundation on which to base the study of the awareness and survival tactics.
    Len dedicated a lot of time to empty-hand as well as aiki weapons training – between 4 and 8 classes a week.

    He graded 1st dan in 2000, and soon after started teaching on a regular basis. Several people, who started training with him back then, are now 2nd dan black belts – senior students of our school.

    Len was awarded 4th dan in 2012. He teaches 4-5 times a week and over the past 12 months 4 of his students have been graded 1st dan back belt.

  • 6:00-7:20pmGeneral ClassesOscar Mistula
  • Oscar MistulaOscar Mistula, 5th dan

    Oscar has been training in Aikido since April 1986 in the Philippines. On October 1999, he migrated to Australia and started training in Takemusu Aiki under teacher, Saburo Takayasu Sensei, 7th Dan Aikikai Shihan, and presently he is still training and studying Aikido under his guidance. Oscar holds a National Coaching Accreditation Scheme Level 1 (NCAS1)

  • Tuesday
    6:00-7:20pmBeginner's ClassesMarcus Liang
    Wednesday
    7:30-8:30amGeneral ClassesLen Shenfield
  • Len Shenfield

    Len Shenfield, 4th dan.

    Len started training in December 1992 in the Eastern Suburbs dojo that was run by Daniel Falero, then 2nd dan black belt with 12 years’ aikido experience with many years of judo prior to that.
    Daniel is one of the senior instructors of Takemusu Aiki Association and Len trained with him for over 20 years. He still considers him his teacher, though he stopped actively teaching a few years ago.

    In Len’s approach to training obtaining the next grade takes a back seat to learning the art. Takemusu Aiki offers a great foundation on which to base the study of the awareness and survival tactics.
    Len dedicated a lot of time to empty-hand as well as aiki weapons training – between 4 and 8 classes a week.

    He graded 1st dan in 2000, and soon after started teaching on a regular basis. Several people, who started training with him back then, are now 2nd dan black belts – senior students of our school.

    Len was awarded 4th dan in 2012. He teaches 4-5 times a week and over the past 12 months 4 of his students have been graded 1st dan back belt.

  • 6:00-7:20pmAdvanced ClassesSaburo Takayasu
    Thursday
    6:00-7:30pmGeneral Classes Peter Kownacki
  • Peter Kownacki, 4th dan.Peter Kownacki

    Peter Kownacki studied fine art in Warsaw, Poland. These days he lives in the green and leafy Sydney suburb of Five Dock. His passion for painting is matched by his passion for the Japanese martial art aikido – both walk the fine line between focus and relaxation.

  • Friday
    7:30-8:30amGeneral ClassesLen Shenfield
  • Len Shenfield

    Len Shenfield, 4th dan.

    Len started training in December 1992 in the Eastern Suburbs dojo that was run by Daniel Falero, then 2nd dan black belt with 12 years’ aikido experience with many years of judo prior to that.
    Daniel is one of the senior instructors of Takemusu Aiki Association and Len trained with him for over 20 years. He still considers him his teacher, though he stopped actively teaching a few years ago.

    In Len’s approach to training obtaining the next grade takes a back seat to learning the art. Takemusu Aiki offers a great foundation on which to base the study of the awareness and survival tactics.
    Len dedicated a lot of time to empty-hand as well as aiki weapons training – between 4 and 8 classes a week.

    He graded 1st dan in 2000, and soon after started teaching on a regular basis. Several people, who started training with him back then, are now 2nd dan black belts – senior students of our school.

    Len was awarded 4th dan in 2012. He teaches 4-5 times a week and over the past 12 months 4 of his students have been graded 1st dan back belt.

  • 6:00-7:30pmGeneral ClassesSaburo Takayasu

    Association Membership Fee: $100 first year / $30 for renewal

    First session: free

    Monthly Fee: $120 per month

    Concession Monthly Fee – Students and Unemployed: $90 per month

    Casual – City Dojo Member: $20 per class

    Dojo Address:

    Ground Floor, 72 Mary Street, Surry Hills Sydney, NSW 2010 Australia

    Phone: +61 (02) 9211 7511
    Dojo Contact: Peter Bolt
    Phone: +61 (0) 423 257 582
    Email: aikido@aikidoaus.com.au

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    Sydney City Centre

    Level 2, 72 Mary Street,
    Surry Hills Sydney,
    NSW 2010 Australia