Akido is an advanced self-defence system originally only available to the Samurai elite. Its Founder, Morihei Ueshiba, said it was for “the loving protection of all beings”, reflecting Buddhist and Shinto ideals of nurturing all the world’s living things. It’s for protection in extreme danger, against armed aggressors and gangs, and so it holds no competitions. It teaches ways for incapacitating attackers by striking nerve centers and/or throwing them to the ground, plus inescapable locks. This enables practitioners to defend against bigger, stronger attackers, making it ideal for trainees of all ages, fitness levels and martial art experience. Its basic techniques are easy to learn; others are more sophisticated while the highest levels are for advanced practitioners. It’s famous for its ‘inner’ calmness and vitality, attained through Mindfulness training and Ki (life-energy) meditation.
The original ANU Aikido Club was established in 1968 by John Turnbull Sensei and is the oldest Aikido Center in Australia. Turnbull Sensei has trained in martial arts for seventy years, and in Aikido for fifty, making him the longest training Aikido practitioner in Australia. He was a close personal friend of Seiichi Sugano Shihan who was a personal student of Morihei Ueshiba, whose spiritual stature in Japan, along with his extraordinary martial art ability led to him being called “O’Sensei”: the Great Teacher. The ANU Aikido Club (JTS) teaches O’Sensei’s original Aikido, including Zen, meditation and physical methods for applying yin-yang power.
The club’s instructors are certified under the Australian Government’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.