What is Aikido?

Aikido is a modern, non-violent Japanese martial art that was developed earlier this century by the late master Professor Morihei Ueshiba, commonly called O Sensei. The Founder passed away in 1969 at the age of eighty six.

Aikido is effective as a martial art but it’s essence goes beyond the resolution of physical conflict. Based on a background of rigorous training in traditional Japanese jujitsu, Professor Ueshiba spent the latter half of his life developing the art as a means of refining and uplifting human spirit. He succeeded in creating what he then named ‘Aikido’, ‘the Way of Harmony with the Forces and Principles of Nature’. Aikido is a true ‘budo’, path in which the keen edge of martial training is utilised as a ‘Way’ to spiritual growth.

Aikido in Australia

Aiki Kai Australia was founded in 1965 by Sugano Shihan and celebrates over 50 years. After the passing of Sugano Sensei in 2010, Tony Smibert Shihan, 7th Dan, continues today as the World Aikido Headquarters (Hombu) Representative in Australia. The Association has highly graded representatives in all States and Territories.

Alice Springs Dojo has two experienced Shihans who have instructed Aikido for over 40 years in the Northern Territory, they moved to Alice Spring in 1984 to assist in the development of the local dojo (Training Hall). Mike & Marie Petery Sensei hold the rank of 6th Dan Black Belt and regularly attend National Summer & Winter Schools, they also hold an annual National Easter Training School in Alice Springs.…

Training Schedule
Tuesday Junior 6-12 yrs 5:00-5:50pm - Instructor Senpai Peta

Tuesday Senior 13+ yrs 6:00-7:30pm - Instructor Shihan Marie

Thursday: Senior 13+ yrs 6:00-8:00pm - Instructors Shihan Mike