FAQS

Glossary of Aikido Terms

Aikido Attacks

Shomen Uchi - Striking forehead

Yokomen Uchi - Striking side of head

Tsu Ki - Thrusting

Men Tsu Ki - Thrust to head

Giyaku Yokomen - Striking reverse side of head

Katate Tori - Hold one wrist

Riyote Tori - Hold both wrists

Morote Tori - Hold one forearm with both hands

Hiji Tori - Hold elbow

Kata Tori - Hold Shoulder

Riyo Kata Tori - Hold both shoulders

Mune Tori - Hold the chest

Kubishime - Neck Strangulation

Ushiro - From Behind

Tachi Waza - standing techniques

Suwari Waza - kneeling techniques

Hanmi Hantachi - kneeling movement with standing attacker

Jiyu Waza - Free form technique

Tantoh Tori - Defence against knife

Tachi Tori - Defence against sword

Jo Tori - Defence against staff

Ken Suburi - Sword exercise

Jo Dosa - Staff Exercise

Sanin Gake - Three person attack

Atemi - Strike by hand

Kaeshi Waza - Counter attack techniques

Hen Ka Waza - Variation techniques

Ren Zoku Waza - Series Techniques

Hanmi - Basic posture in which one foot is advanced one half step

Ma Ai - The distance between you and your training partner 

Nage - Throw or person being attacked

Uke - Attacker or person receiving the technique

Aikido Techniques

Irimi Nage
Shiho Nage
Ikkyo 

Kaiten Nage
Tenchi Nage
Koshi Nage
Kote Gaeshi
Kokyu Nage 

Nikyo
Sankyo
Yonkyo
Gokyo

Syllabus - Adults

Hold the bokken with a firm but relaxed grip. It is as if you are holding a delicate bird in your hands. Hold too tightly and you will crush it to death. Relax too much and it will escape and fly away.

Seiichi Sugano

Grading Syllabus

Students are recommended for grading, by their instructor, after training for the required number of classes and demonstrating a proficiency in the required techniques. The grading is a formal occassion and the student is required to receive as well as perform the techniques.


Grading Forms Aikikai Australia Website


Select [ 5th | 4th 3rd | 2nd | 1st Dan ] Requirements.

5th Kyu Requirements

50 days training plus ability to demonstrate a proficiency in the following techniques :

a

Shomen Uchi Irmi Nage

a

Shomen Uchi Ikkyo

a

Katate Tori Shiho Nage

a

Katate Tori Irmi Nage (Ai Hanmi)

a

Katate Tori Ikkyo

a

Suwari Waza Kokyu Ho

a

Sanin Gake Irmi Nage

4th Kyu Requirements

60 days training plus ability to demonstrate a proficiency in the all the above as well as the following techniques :

a

Kata Tori Ikkyo

a

Kata Tori Nikyo

a

Yokomen Uchi Shiho Nage

a

Tsu Ki Kote Gaeshi

a

Riyote Tori Tenshi Nage

a

Ushiro Kubishime Sankyo

a

Shomen Uchi Nikyo

a

Sanin Gake Jiyu Waza

3rd Kyu Requirements

70 days training plus ability to demonstrate a proficiency in the all the above as well as the following techniques :

a

Tsu Ki Irmi Nage

a

Shomen Uchi Ikkyo, Nikyo, Sankyo & Yonkyo (Suwari & Tachi Waza)

a

Yokomen Uchi Shiho Nage

a

Yokomen Uchi Irmi Nage (2 ways)

a

Yokomen Uchi Kote Gaeshi

a

Riyote Tori Shiho Nage

a

Katate Tori Kaiten Nage (Giakyu Hanmi)

a

Katate Tori Koshi Nage (Giakyu Hanmi)

2nd Kyu Requirements

80 days training plus ability to demonstrate a proficiency in the all the above as well as the following techniques :

a

Kata Tori Ikkyo, Nikyo, Sankyo & Yonkyo (Suwari & Tachi Waza)

a

Katate Tori Shiho Nage (Hanmi Hantachi)

a

Ushiro Riyote Tori Ikkyo

a

Yokomen Uchi Gokyo (2 Ways)

a

Shomen Uchi Koshi Nage

a

Shomen Uchi Kokyu Nage (3 ways)

a

Yokomen Uchi Kokyu Nage (3 ways)

a

Katate Tori Jiyu Waza

1st Kyu Requirements

90 days training plus ability to demonstrate a proficiency in the all the above as well as the following techniques :

a

Yokomen Uchi Ikkyo, Nikyo, Sankyo & Yonkyo

a

Ushiro Riyote Tori Ikkyo, Nikyo, Sankyo & Yonkyo

a

Riyote Tori Shiho Nage (Hanmi Hantachi & Tachi Waza)

a

Ushiro Riyote Tori Shiho Nage

a

Ushiro Riyote Tori Irmi Nage

a

Ushiro Riyote Tori Jiyu Ji Garami

a

Ushiro Riyote Tori Kote Gaeshi

a

Tachi Waza Kokyu Ho

a

Katate Tori Jiyu Waza

a

Riyote Tori Jiyu Waza

a

Morote Tori Jiyu Waza

Dan Grading Requirements

Sho Dan

Minimum of 1 year after 1st Kyu
All above and any other techniques as requested

Ni Dan

Minimum of 3 years after Sho Dan
All above and any other techniques as requested

San Dan

Minimum of 3 years after Ni Dan
All above and any other techniques as requested
Plus oral test

Aikido Attacks

Shomen Uchi - Striking forehead
Yokomen Uchi - Striking side of head
Tsu Ki - Thrusting
Men Tsu Ki - Thrust to head
Giyaku Yokomen - Striking reverse side of head
Katate Tori - Hold one wrist
Riyote Tori - Hold both wrists
Morote Tori - Hold one forearm with both hands
Hiji Tori - Hold elbow
Kata Tori - Hold Shoulder
Riyo Kata Tori - Hold both shoulders
Mune Tori - Hold the chest
Kubishime - Neck Strangulation
Ushiro - From Behind
Tachi Waza - standing techniques
Suwari Waza - kneeling techniques
Hanmi Hantachi - kneeling movement with standing attacker
Jiyu Waza - Free form technique
Tantoh Tori - Defence against knife
Tachi Tori - Defence against sword
Jo Tori - Defence against staff
Ken Suburi - Sword exercise
Jo Dosa - Staff Exercise
Sanin Gake - Three person attack
Atemi - Strike by hand
Kaeshi Waza - Counter attack techniques
Hen Ka Waza - Variation techniques
Ren Zoku Waza - Series Techniques
Hanmi - Basic posture in which one foot is advanced one half step
Ma Ai - The distance between you and your training partner 
Nage - Throw or person being attacked
Uke - Attacker or person receiving the technique

Aikido Techniques

Irimi Nage
Shiho Nage
Ikkyo 

Kaiten Nage
Tenchi Nage
Koshi Nage
Kote Gaeshi
Kokyu Nage 

Nikyo
Sankyo
Yonkyo
Gokyo

Syllabus - Children
What are the Fees?

Beginners Special

$100.00 for 10 lessons which includes membership for 3 months from the date of the first class attended.

Aikikai Australia Fees

Membership Fees, Membership Application

Mat Fees (Training Fees)

General Student Body

Full

$760 per annum

$70 per month

$15 per lesson

Part/Concession

$590 per annum

$55 per month

$10 per lesson

Family $65 per month (there will be no family rate for adults on a per class basis) adults and children will get the rate of $25 per child

The family rate (from March 2015)

  • Per Month
    • Family of two children will be $25 each or $50 for two children.
    • A child with a parent also training will pay $25
    • Family of three or more kids will be $20 each or $60 for the three children $80 for four children, etc.
  • Per Class - $10.00 per class

Discretion

The Area Representative has discretion to reduce or waive fees in addition to those categories outlined above for students with genuine financial difficulties or as otherwise agreed with the administrative committee.

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a martial art that was developed in the 20th century by Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei). Despite his mastery of many fighting techniques, O Sensei had decided that winning seemed pointless if it was at someone else's expense. He decided that the true victory was not the defeat of an opponent, but the resolution of discord within oneself. He then developed the art as a means of diverting harm from oneself without inflicting damage on an aggressor. The founder often used the expression "faster than light" when describing the theory of Aikido. Aikido is practised by men, women & children of all ages. It develops mental concentration, agility, balance and reflex action. Training involves techniques using not only arms & legs, but the whole body as well as the Jo (staff) and the Bokken (wooden sword).



aikido kanjiKanji

 

Ai - Harmony 

Although a form of self defence Aikido is sometimes called the "non-fighting martial art". Training partners cooperate rather than compete, learning when and how to yield & how to guide & control each other's movements. 

Ki - Spirit 

Ki is described as the spirit of the universe or life force. Mind & body are united in Aikido's movements which overwhelm mere physical strength because they harmonise with universal energy. 

Do - The Way 

The study of Japanese martial arts involves more than just mastery of the technique. They provide a pathway for the development of self discipline, awareness & good character.

What is Aikikai NSW?

Aikido NSW is the NSW representative of the National organization Aiki Kai Australia.

AikiKai Australia is the official representative for Aikido World Headquarters Japan, as well as the I.A.F. (International Aikido Federation)The Aikido Centre is the headquarters for the teaching and propagation of Aikido in New South Wales.We are a non-profit organization.

Who is Sugano Shihan?

INTERVIEW WITH SUGANO SHIHAN

 

Aikido Journal #112 (1997)

about_03_image001shihan sugano

AJ: Sugano Sensei, how did you first come to aikido?
Sugano: Before discovering aikido I was doing judo. I was interested in budo and happened to see an article on aikido in a magazine. I was around 18 at the time, so instead of going to university I joined the dojo. About a year later I signed on as an uchideshi.

Do you have any particular memories of the old Wakamatsu-cho dojo?
The present Doshu (Kisshomaru Ueshiba) was one of the first people I met there. The place had the feel of an old-style dojo; quite different from the way it is today. Most of the time only O' Sensei and Doshu were there. Koichi Tohei was the head of the teaching staff. In the afternoon we were taught by people like Sadateru Arikawa, Hiroshi Tada and Shigenobu Okumura. A few years later Saito Sensei started coming down from Iwama to teach on Sundays.

Did you participate in Saito Sensei's training?
Of course. Uchideshi went to all the classes. It never even occurred to us not to attend a class. Practically by definition, being an uchideshi meant that if there was practice you were there training.

Different from today, isn't it?
I don't think there are any real uchideshi these days! [laughs]

Morihei Ushiba

What teacher had the greatest influence on you?
To me, O' Sensei was the zenith. 
My training was geared entirely to striving 
toward that peak.

Who else was in the dojo at that time?
Kazuo Chiba came about a year before I did. Nobuyoshi Tamura and Yoshimitsu Yamada were also my seniors. Mitsugi Saotome came in about a year after I did. Yutaka Kurita, who is now in Mexico, and Yasuo Kobayashi were both there. Katsuaki Asai lived diagonally opposite the dojo and there were several other non-uchideshi that were constantly at the dojo.

Do you have any particularly vivid memories of the individuals teaching in those days?
My mind was focused entirely on doing aikido, so I wasn't really conscious of the high-level teachers around me, or of the interpersonal relationships in the dojo. I was too busy just trying to do aikido.

People who have now become teachers themselves often mention teachers like Koichi Tohei and Seigo Yamaguchi. What were your impressions of them?
Yamaguchi Sensei really loved to talk. Once he got hold of you it was pretty hard to escape! [laughs] Actually he had already gone off to Burma by the time I became an uchideshi, and he wasn't back until a year or two later. He and Tohei Sensei were like oil and water. Yamaguchi Sensei had a very strong personality. It was difficult to grasp his techniques — they had quite a different feeling from those of the other teachers — or to capture the essence of what he was doing. Tohei Sensei's teaching was influenced by the Tempukai, and it was easier to follow, probably because much of the Tempukai curriculum originated in yoga.

Why did you decide to become an uchideshi?
I wanted to be able to pursue aikido exclusively. I didn't have any particular goal to become a teacher or anything like that. I just wanted to train.

You entered aikido so soon after graduating from high school. Have you ever had another vocation or profession?
No, I haven't. Soon after I joined the Aikikai my parents cut my allowance, so I had a few part-time jobs but, other than those, I've done nothing but aikido.

So you found employment at the Aikikai, which you have continued until today?
Well, I don't know if you'd call it "employment" exactly! [laughs] They were just kind enough to feed me! I often ate with Doshu's family. I think Doshu's wife had a hard time feeding all the young uchideshi who were around then. She fed us and gave us a bit of pocket money and generally took good care of us. 

What was life like as an uchideshi?
I spent the entire day in the dojo. Nothing but practice and more practice. Later they started sending me out to teach. Aikido was just starting to be taught at various places outside the main dojo, and I went out to teach at universities, at the Japanese Self-Defense Force headquarters and at some of the American military bases around Tokyo, where I had an interesting time.

I doubt if many people in the American military had ever seen aikido back then. Did they ever try to test out your aikido to see if it really worked?
Sure, all the time. They used to attack me from behind during practice and ambush me as I walked down the street. But there wasn't any truly malicious intent to this. Going into one of those military bases was a lot of fun because it was like suddenly walking into the U.S. It was hard to believe you were still in Japan. Yoshimitsu Yamada and I used to go to the bases often.

What kind of practice did you do there?
Pretty much the same sort of thing I do now.

Really? I've heard that things sometimes got pretty rough and wild.
I don't really remember all the details. [laughs] Some people like to bring up the past and talk about how hard we trained then, but personally I don't feel particularly interested in talking about those times. I feel that many students outside Japan right now are training with just as much if not more enthusiasm and diligence. But then, I myself have been living abroad, so I don't really know how things are in Japan now.

Looking at the spectrum of teachers active in the aikido world today, there seem to be qualitative differences between those who spent time as uchideshi under the founder and those who came later, after he had passed away.
I agree. Whenever I go to Japan now I feel as though I am amongst a completely different race of people whose ways of thinking seem entirely different. Or maybe I am the one who has changed.

What do you find so different?
Many of those doing aikido in the old days skipped higher education to immerse themselves in aikido. These days many of the teachers seem to have waited until they finished college then entered the dojo almost like entering a professional career. The feeling is completely different. Naturally there are generation differences, too, so it's probably inevitable that the present is different from the past. These days there are a lot of different aikido groups and a lot of different ways of thinking about aikido, but at that time aikido equaled O-Sensei. That's one difference between now and then. Those who went abroad to teach went with the intention of teaching O-Sensei's aikido. Even now outside Japan you can still find a sense that aikido and Morihei Ueshiba are one and the same, although it's probably inevitable that this feeling will gradually become diluted.

I've often heard that many of the uchideshi came up with their own unique training methods; Mitsunari Kanai, for example, used to secretly punch and kick at a makiwara (packed-straw or rope-wound target used in karate training).
Yes, there happened to be one behind the dojo.

What about finding opportunities downtown to test out the techniques?
One hears stories like that, but they tend to change with the telling, don't they? [laughs] Like that children's game where someone whispers a sentence to someone else who whispers it to the next person, and by the time you get to the 10th person what's being said is completely different from the original. There are stories about O-Sensei that have appeared in various books and magazines, which are rather hard to believe.

Did you come up with any unusual training methods of your own?
No, just the regular training, although for a long time I also used to practice target shooting and marksmanship. There was a rifle range that I used to frequent near Korakuen amusement park.

Did you start shooting before or after you began aikido?
Around the same time. I practiced pistol shooting for a long time at the American military base in Tachikawa. Target shooting in Japan is limited to rifles and ordinary people don't get the opportunity to practice with pistols. It was a very good experience. One of my aikido students happened to be a marksmanship instructor, so I used to head off to Tachikawa early to get in some pistol shooting practice before aikido training.

kanji button

(The full article is available for subscribers.) 
Copyright © 1974 - 2005 Aikido Journal All Rights Reserved

Osensei Quotes

Opponents confront us continually, but actually there is no opponent there. Enter deeply into an attack and neutralize it as you draw that misdirected force into your own sphere.
Morihei Ueshiba (Osensei)

Get Our Newsletters

Aikikai NSW

 

Affiliated with Aiki Kai Australia and Aikido World Headquarters Japan

Established in 1965 under direct authorisation of the Aikido founder - Ueshiba Morihei by Sugano Shihan.

Latest Events

12 Nov 2017
05:00AM -
Beach Training
18 Nov 2017
09:00AM - 11:00AM
TTC
02 Dec 2017
09:40AM - 05:00PM
AGM 2017
09 Dec 2017
10:15AM - 05:00PM
kids grading
Facebook Likebox Slider
© 2016 The Aikido Centre, All Rights Reserved.

Search