The Takemusu Aiki Association Inc. in Sydney, Aikido Australia was established to support and promote the teachings of Aikido from the Founder’s own dojo. Saburo Takayasu Sensei, 7th Dan Shihan is the Chief Instructor and President of the Takemusu Aiki Association Inc. in Australia. The Takemusu Aiki Association is a non-profit organisation that has played a quiet but positive role in spreading Aikido and has grown to now a number of Dojos in the Sydney metropolitan area.
Aikido (The art of harmony) is a modern martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), who developed it from the state of a battle technique to that of a spiritual way. Based upon principles of non-aggression, non-resistance, and non-competitiveness, it is unique in that it allows people to defend themselves against larger and stronger attackers, without requiring great strength or speed, yet it also teaches us to understand and respect our fellow Man. The gentle quality of Aikido makes it appealing to men and women and children regardless of age. It not only offers spiritual development, mental concentration, balance, reflex action and exercise, but also teaches proper etiquette and behaviour. Read more…
There are many forms of martial arts. Some are based on strikes, utilising punches and kicks; some focus on grappling and others sports-oriented. Aikido emphasises timing, positioning and balance taking, rather than physical strength and size. The art’s technical base of joint locks, pins and throws are focused on quickly immobilising an attacker as a means to resolve conflict as peacefully and safely as possible.
Instead of meeting force with force, the Aikido practitioner steps off the line of attack, unbalances the opponent and ends the encounter with a throw or take-down. Practice partners alternate offensive and defensive roles, allowing each to feel both aspects of the technique. All techniques can be practiced slowly and gently or quickly and powerfully, allowing progression at each individual’s pace. Being a non-competitive art, the training atmosphere is one of co-operation and mutual respect. Each Aikidoka progresses at his or her own pace.
Aikido helps us find a harmonious way through conflict not only in our practice, but in everyday life.
7th Dan Shihan
North Sydney, NSW