Aikido is a Way.
There is commitment and there is obligation.
Do not abuse or misuse the art of Aikido.
Study carefully, honestly and humbly.
Respect your seniors.
Take care of your juniors. 
                                                          Seiichi Sugano 8th Dan


Aikikai Australia was founded by Seiichi Sugano Shihan, 8th dan (pictured right). He was a former uchideshi (live-in student) of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba.

Seiichi Sugano arrived in Australia in 1965, and first began instructing Aikido in Sydney.

He stayed in Australia for many years, then leaving for Belgium, before moving to New York.

He continued to teach Aikido throughout the world and Europe, frequently returning to Australia to instruct the Winter and Summer Schools and run classes around the country.

He continued to be responsible for Aikikai Australia in the role as National Representative in Australia until his death in 2010.

Aikikai Australia is a member of the International Aikido Federation, which is a non-profit organisation affiliated with the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. Go to the Aikikai Australia website for more information.

Aikikai Australia is represented in South Australia by David Scott Shihan (7th dan), who is the main instructor in South Australia. David is assisted by a team of other instructors including Peter (Upi) Weston (6th Dan), Sharon Stewart (4th Dan), Terry Cuming (3rd Dan), and Paul Borda (3rd Dan). Go to the Instructors page for more details. 

Our central dojo is located in Campbelltown. Classes are held most nights on weekdays and also in the morning on weekends, including adult and children's class. Beginners and observers are welcome to come and see any of the classes in action. Click here for information about class times and locations.

Morihei Ueshiba or O’Sensei (pictured right) spent the latter half of his life developing this martial art form as a means of refining and uplifting the human spirit. Drawing on the knowledge and skills he acquired during his training in traditional jujitsu and kenjutsu, O’Sensei succeeded in creating what he then named, Aikido. The three Japanese characters that make up the word ai-ki-do can be approximately translated as, ‘The Way of Harmony'.

Aikido is a path in which the keen edge of martial training is utilised to pursue spiritual growth. Its methods are based on O’Sensei's deep faith in 'austere training for the sake of improving the human spirit'.