Aikido
When: Monday 7-9 pm
Where: Marino Community Hall, 44 Newland Ave., Marino, 5049
Suitable for: All ages, sizes, sexes, levels of fitness.
Health Benefits: Cardio fitness, flexibility, core strength
Cost: On application

  • Suitable for everybody - particularly those of smaller stature
  • For health, fitness and self defence
  • Makes use of avoidance and uses joint locks and throws to control opponents
  • Great for cardio fitness, flexibilty and core strength

At Budokai Australia we teach Sotokushin Aikido, a system based on the Aikido created by Tomiki Kenji sensei. The founder of modern aikido was Ueshiba Morihei sensei and Tomiki Kenji was one of his earliest students. Tomiki sensei was a high ranking judoka and professor of physical education. He founded a style of aikido which includes free sparring and was to include a contest aspect similar to judo. To this end Tomiki Aikido has as its base a kata of 17 known as ju nana hon no kata which was safe for use in contests and showcased a cross section of aikido techniques.  He and his close friend, Ohba Hideo sensei then formulated 6 koryu kata for practice outside the sporting arena.  
 
His original intention  was to incorporate sport and self defence but, the sport aspect has taken precedence in recent times. To this end Sotokushin Aikido is still based on the origins of its brilliant founder, but has incorporated a self defence aspect more suited to Western attack and defence.  At Budokai we still use the ju nana hon no kata as the base, but have removed the sporting focus and returned to a jutsu form.  We practice the freestyle aspect up to randori level for speed development and teach the koryu kata for the reasons which they were designed - to teach balance breaking, timing or self defence.  We also teach kumitsukareta baai (techniques against a grasp) but with a more Chin na focus (ie combative).  In addition, at Nidan level, we have added a "betsuden no kata" for practice against more modern and varied attacks. 
 
Aikido uses the principles of avoidance and using the partner/opponent’s power against him or her. It then concentrates on using the joints to unbalance and ultimately to throw or lock the partner/opponent.   It is therefore eminently suitable for crowd control professionals who cannot afford to punch and kick miscreants and for people of smaller stature. 
 
INSTRUCTORS - Senior instructors all hold NCAS level 2 coaching credentials   
Bill Fettes (6th Dan) commenced Aikido in Melbourne in 1968 at the very first classes of this style taught in Australia, under Leoni MacFarlane sensei.  Bill continued under Leoni and later John Gay sensei until asked to teach in Sydney in 1980.  In 1981 he went to Japan for 7 months and studied at Waseda university, Shinagawa sports kaikan (under Futami Kenkichi), Shin Okubo (under Ohba Hideo) and Tokyo Chuo YMCA (under various high ranking teachers including Iso, Yamagoshi and Suzuki sensei).
Warwick Noble (4th dan)
Nathan Turk (3rd dan)
 
He returned in 1985 and continued at the YMCA and Shinagawa clubs and was a member of the All Japan championship winning team in 1986 as well as being a 3 time runner up in the kata competition.  He received a 4th Dan in 1992 from Shishida Fumiaki sensei, but due to ideological differences, was not considered fit for further promotion in that system.
 
With encouragement from Hagiwara Taro sensei, Bill began to explore a more meaningful teaching method for Westerners which acknowledges the genius of Tomiki sensei whilst incorporating more combative aspects of Chinese styles and his study of Yoshinkai Aikido.