What is Aikido?

Aikido is a superb system of exercise and self-defense. Besides the usual strikes, throws and locks taught in other martial arts, it also teaches secret Samurai techniques for handling multiple attackers and developing ki-power (life-force or bio-energy) - the amazing power which attracts many people to this elite Japanese art.


Ki-power enables even small practitioners to overcome much larger and muscle-stronger adversaries.


Our Sensei 

John Turnbull Sensei is one of the most experienced martial artists in Australia. With 70 years of martial arts experience and 50 years training in aikido, Turnbull Sensei was the senior student of Seiichi Sugano Sensei - a live-in student of the founder of aikido, O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. Turnbull Sensei began training under Sugano Sensei in 1965.


Turnbull Sensei is one of very few Westerners able to teach the use of ki. He teaches the Zen energy enhancement exercises which supply the incredible power so apparent in genuine Aikido, and he's one of the few people teaching this elite art’s secret nerve strikes and methods of handling multiple armed attackers.


Turnbull Sensei's enlightened teaching of Aikido’s training methods for self-development, self-defense and energy enhancement has made his classes popular wherever he goes.


Turnbull Sensei is a senior (Grade 3) Coach under the Federal Government’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.


For more on Turnbull Sensei, click here.



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