Training in Fundamentals Now on Thursdays

Due to the growth of our dojo population, we are going to be having an extra class each week on Thursday night, 6.30 – 8.00pm.

This class will be aimed at fundamental practice, making it ideal for beginners, although all levels are welcome.

Topics that we will be looking at:

  • The Principles of Mind & Body Unity
  • The Principles of Aikido – Both Throwing & Receiving Techniques Safely
  • Ki in Daily Life
  • Ki Meditation & Ki Breathing



Start of Classes for 2016


Akemashite omedetou! (Happy New Year) After 3 weeks away, I bet you’re eager to get back into the dojo – I sure am!

Classes are back on as in 2015, from Sunday, Jan. 10.

(Children’s classes are back on Tuesday, Jan 12.)

Go to this link if you’ve forgotten the times.

End of the Aikido Year and Adult Grading – Dec. 20

lachie receives orange belt

Yes, the end is nigh, so make sure that you come as often as possible while class is still on.

There will be a break of approximately three weeks and we’ll be starting up again Jan 10.

Invitations to grade will be issued to those who have completed their progress sheets.

The Seminar’s Thrust : Connect = Correct = Power

aikido communication

Roby Sensei is freshly returned from World HQ in Japan and told me that he has a lot of new things to share with us!

The thrust of the seminar is going to be ‘Connection & Focus.’

He said that the master teachers at HQ wanted us in Australia to correct our Aikido techniques much more. This is great news, because we know that the effectiveness of our art relies in correctness – the small details are the ones that make HUGE differences!

To be sure, changes in hand position, body movement and timing etc. are important, but for proper Aikido, one must be CONNECTED with the mind of the other – this is true for both Nage and Uke. It’s very spiritual-sounding, and is a great insight to be applied into daily life, but it is especially true for dangerous situations.

I’m going to be writing down some technical ‘suki’ or opportunities for uke to wiggle out of a pin or throw and thus becoming an opening for them to start fighting with us.

Most of the classes will be devoted to this aspect, but Sunday morning we are thinking of doing Sokushin no Gyo – otherwise known as ‘bell misogi’ . Sokushin no Gyo involves everyone chanting in unison.. AT THE HIGHEST DECIBELS… it is an ultimate Ki Development Method and leaves you feeling charged and refreshed. Once, I felt encased in concrete up to my one point afterwards – totally unified.

We don’t have a dojo set of japanese style bells, unfortunately, so we’ll have to make do with only our minds, bodies and voices.

On Sunday we’ll also be looking at weapons forms – the jo and bokken – including newspaper cutting! Oh yeah, it’s easy to do with a razor sharp knife, but how about with a bokken?!

I do not know all the details of what Roby Sensei has in store for us, but that is the fun of a seminar.


Timing for the Seminar – brief outline

then there here now

All training is held at Kawazoi dojo, Ascot Vale. See our FB page for the address and map

Fri, Nov 20.

6.3o pm Please come from this time onwards and help out with cleaning of the dojo, set up and cleaning of the mats.

7.30 – 9.30 pm Session #1 with Kessler Sensei

We may go out with Sensei after this to the city or a nearby pub for an informal fun time. We’ll play it by ear, but not to worry, there are 2 scheduled social events on Sat and Sun nights!

Sat. Nov 21

11.00 am Be on time for set up of the mats.

11.30 am – 2.30 pm Session #2

– 2 hour lunch break – Up to individuals what they do

4.15 Be on time for preparation for class

4.30 – 7.30 pm Session #3

8.00 – Social Dinner at Riverside Events –

Sun. Nov 22

8.30 Be on time for set up of the mats.

9.00 am – 12.00 pm Session #4

– 2 hour lunch break – Up to individuals what they do

1.45 Be on time for preparation for class

2.00 – 5.oo pm Session #5

After 6.30 ish – Social BBQ at Andrew’s house in Caroline Springs –





Bookings for Saturday Night Dinner – All Welcome

restaurant ascot vale

6 hours of training can make a person very hungry.

To celebrate having Kessler Sensei down here, we’re off to after the seminar practice on Saturday, which ends at 7.30 pm.

Adam the gastronome has eaten there before and gives this Italian restaurant his approval.

The restaurant is a pleasant stroll from the dojo.

We’ll get there about 8 pm.

All partners and children are welcome, too, but you need to let us know asap how many of you will be coming so that we can finalise our booking.