Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba, or O'Sensei, in the early twentieth century. O'sensei's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while protecting their attacker from injury. Aikido teaches people how to use body movement, locks and throws to escape or subdue an attacker in self defence.
Aikido is studied in a very safe and controlled environment where students can develop their technique at their own pace.
Shuji Maruyama Sensei, Kokikai Aikido founder and President of Aikido Kokikai International, began his study of Aikido in 1955. He lives and teaches at Kokikai headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and comes to Australia to teach at Spring camp in October.
Aikido Kokikai Australia (AKA) was founded in 1989 by Shuji Ozeki sensei at the University of New South Wales. Shuji Ozeki lives and teaches in Seki, Gifu prefecture, Japan and comes to Australia to teach at Autumn camp in April/May.
Aikido Kokikai Australia has grown to over 400 members at 12 clubs, and consistently strives to provide a friendly environment for Aikido training. AKA has a strong and reputable history in Australia with Dojos in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Lismore and Tamworth.