Getting Started

 

Interested in starting Aikido training?

Please check our schedule below and simply come watch any class.  Our friendly instructors & senior students will be happy to answer any of your questions before or after class.

Monday

TimeClassInstructorDojo
7:00-8:30pmGeneral Class
1hr Tai-Jutsu
30mins Weapons (optional)
Saburo TakayasuAikido in North Sydney
6:45-7:45pmSenior Tai-Jutsu ClassDerek Minus
  • Derek Minus, 6th dan.Derek Minus

    Derek Minus is the chief instructor at the Ku-ring-gai dojo, which he established in 1982, on moving to the area.

    He is an internationally qualified Aikido instructor, ranked 6th Dan by the Aikikai International. He has been practising Aikido for over 35 years and is also qualified to instruct Aiki-ken (sword) and Aiki-jo (staff), holding four weapons teaching certificates awarded by Morihiro Saito Sensei. He is also a NCAS Accredited Level 2 coach.

    Before beginning Aikido, he trained in Kyokushinkai karate, in which he holds a black belt rank, Taiki-ken, a Japanese derivative of Hsing I-ch’uan and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo (a classical Japanese staff art). Derek started Aikido practice in 1972 with the late Sugarno Sensei, then the Aikikai representative for Australia.

    However, it was his present teacher, Saburo Takayasu 7th dan shihan, who introduced him to the powerful Aikido of the Iwama dojo.

  • Ku-ring-gai
    6:45-7:45pmChildren’s ClassDerek Minus
  • Derek Minus, 6th dan.Derek Minus

    Derek Minus is the chief instructor at the Ku-ring-gai dojo, which he established in 1982, on moving to the area.

    He is an internationally qualified Aikido instructor, ranked 6th Dan by the Aikikai International. He has been practising Aikido for over 35 years and is also qualified to instruct Aiki-ken (sword) and Aiki-jo (staff), holding four weapons teaching certificates awarded by Morihiro Saito Sensei. He is also a NCAS Accredited Level 2 coach.

    Before beginning Aikido, he trained in Kyokushinkai karate, in which he holds a black belt rank, Taiki-ken, a Japanese derivative of Hsing I-ch’uan and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo (a classical Japanese staff art). Derek started Aikido practice in 1972 with the late Sugarno Sensei, then the Aikikai representative for Australia.

    However, it was his present teacher, Saburo Takayasu 7th dan shihan, who introduced him to the powerful Aikido of the Iwama dojo.

  • Ku-ring-gai

     

    Tuesday

     

    Classes TBA

     

    Wednesday

    TimeClassInstructorDojo
    7:00-8:30pmGeneral Class
    1hr Tai-Jutsu
    30mins Weapons (optional)
    Saburo TakayasuAikido in North Sydney
    6:30-7:30pmSenior Tai-jutsu and Beginners ClassesDerek Minus
  • Derek Minus, 6th dan.Derek Minus

    Derek Minus is the chief instructor at the Ku-ring-gai dojo, which he established in 1982, on moving to the area.

    He is an internationally qualified Aikido instructor, ranked 6th Dan by the Aikikai International. He has been practising Aikido for over 35 years and is also qualified to instruct Aiki-ken (sword) and Aiki-jo (staff), holding four weapons teaching certificates awarded by Morihiro Saito Sensei. He is also a NCAS Accredited Level 2 coach.

    Before beginning Aikido, he trained in Kyokushinkai karate, in which he holds a black belt rank, Taiki-ken, a Japanese derivative of Hsing I-ch’uan and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo (a classical Japanese staff art). Derek started Aikido practice in 1972 with the late Sugarno Sensei, then the Aikikai representative for Australia.

    However, it was his present teacher, Saburo Takayasu 7th dan shihan, who introduced him to the powerful Aikido of the Iwama dojo.

  • Ku-ring-gai

     

    Thursday

    Classes TBA

     

    Friday

    TimeClassInstructorDojo
    7:00-8:30pmGeneral Classes
    1hr Tai-Jutsu
    30mins Weapons (optional)
    Saburo TakayasuAikido in Sydney City Centre
     

    Saturday

    TimeClassInstructorDojo
    9:30-11:00amSenior Tai-Jutsu ClassesDerek Minus
  • Derek Minus, 6th dan.Derek Minus

    Derek Minus is the chief instructor at the Ku-ring-gai dojo, which he established in 1982, on moving to the area.

    He is an internationally qualified Aikido instructor, ranked 6th Dan by the Aikikai International. He has been practising Aikido for over 35 years and is also qualified to instruct Aiki-ken (sword) and Aiki-jo (staff), holding four weapons teaching certificates awarded by Morihiro Saito Sensei. He is also a NCAS Accredited Level 2 coach.

    Before beginning Aikido, he trained in Kyokushinkai karate, in which he holds a black belt rank, Taiki-ken, a Japanese derivative of Hsing I-ch’uan and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo (a classical Japanese staff art). Derek started Aikido practice in 1972 with the late Sugarno Sensei, then the Aikikai representative for Australia.

    However, it was his present teacher, Saburo Takayasu 7th dan shihan, who introduced him to the powerful Aikido of the Iwama dojo.

  • Ku-ring-gai

    Sunday

    TimeClassInstructorDojo
    8:00-10:00amWeapons Classes at Robert Pymble ParkDerek Minus
  • Derek Minus, 6th dan.Derek Minus

    Derek Minus is the chief instructor at the Ku-ring-gai dojo, which he established in 1982, on moving to the area.

    He is an internationally qualified Aikido instructor, ranked 6th Dan by the Aikikai International. He has been practising Aikido for over 35 years and is also qualified to instruct Aiki-ken (sword) and Aiki-jo (staff), holding four weapons teaching certificates awarded by Morihiro Saito Sensei. He is also a NCAS Accredited Level 2 coach.

    Before beginning Aikido, he trained in Kyokushinkai karate, in which he holds a black belt rank, Taiki-ken, a Japanese derivative of Hsing I-ch’uan and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo (a classical Japanese staff art). Derek started Aikido practice in 1972 with the late Sugarno Sensei, then the Aikikai representative for Australia.

    However, it was his present teacher, Saburo Takayasu 7th dan shihan, who introduced him to the powerful Aikido of the Iwama dojo.

  • Ku-ring-gai