The Takemusu Aiki Association
The Takemusu Aiki Association Inc. in Australia was established in 1980.
The aim of the Association is to support and promote the teachings of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei the Founder of Aikido during the period in Iwama when he completed the integration of empty hand and weapons techniques as passed on by the late Morihiro Saito Sensei 9th Dan Shihan. The Takemusu Aiki Association Inc. is a non-profit organisation that has played a quiet but positive role in spreading Aikido for many years.
The Association has been a regular participant of the public demonstrations for the Japan Week Festival at the Sydney Opera House, Town Hall, Darling Harbour and the Queen Victoria Building, and has hosted regular Aikido seminars with special guests and visitors from Japan, particularly bringing Morihiro Saito Sensei to Australia. More recently, the association has hosted Hideo Hirosawa Sensei and participated in public Aikido demonstrations at the Japan Matsuri in Sydney and the Cowra Sakura Matsuri.
The Takemusu Aiki Association’s approach to Aikido practice is non-partisan and inclusive. All students of any style of Aikido or other martial art are welcome to join in training and our members are free to experiment and train with other Aikido styles, or other martial arts. The Takemusu Aiki Association is also happy to establish friendly working relations with other clubs and dojo in order to promote and improve understanding about Aikido. Our hope is that through this exchange all students will gain a deeper understanding of the power of the art bequeathed by O-Sensei.
One of the charters of the Takemusu Aiki Association is to encourage recently awarded black belt students to grow and become instructors in their own right, thus enabling the spread of Aikido to a wider section of the community while maintaining a safe, yet practical learning environment. The Takemusu Aiki Association has grown to include a network of dojos in Sydney and Canberra. All Takemusu Aiki dojos teach the traditional Aikido of the founder Morihei Ueshiba as passed on through Saito Sensei in the Iwama Dojo.