The Good Aikido School (Dojo) is at the Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre. Come and Train with us.
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Hi, I'm Crom Salvatera
30 years ago I started a ‘hobby’ that became one of the core tenets in my life. This wonderful martial art took me to places and experiences I thought I could only dream of.
After teaching for 11 years, I thought I’d retire and hang the towel, but alas I couldn’t. I got restless and wanted to create the training I wish I had when I was starting out. I wanted the next generation to have a martial art practice they can enjoy, get fit from, and can strengthen their mind and spirit as well.
This is Good Aikido.
(Founder of Good Aikido)
How can we help you?
Find out where are our classes near you. This is class if for 14-year-olds and above.
Real Success Stories
Here are some comments on what people think about our way.
Aikido has helped me become happier and more resilient in everyday life. I can respond to most stressful situations not only from work, raising kids, but also from everyday life. Aikido is not easy, but it’s so worth it. Thank you, Sensei Crom.
Crom Sensei’s martial art is kind but sharp and effective. I learned so much from him. He explains Aikido in a simple way. I was about to give up, but Crom Sensei showed me Aikido that will stay with me forever. I can’t wait to train with you again.
Although I’ve been busy lately, I can’t wait till my assignments and assessments are over so I can go back and train. Sensei’s classes are so different. Sometimes there’s tough love, but I know I have to do my own pushups to get better.
I met Cromwell five years ago. I invited him to chat and motivate my team. He came in and taught us Ikigai. I truly hope that you get as many students as possible, Cromwell. You have helped my mindset to levels that you can’t even imagine.
Aikido is so addictive. I can’t stop thinking about it. Practising at home by myself is not enough, it doesn’t have Sensei’s energy. I’m even thinking of bringing the kids to class so I can train. Sensei Crom, thank you for changing my life.
I’ve done a bit of training with Crom and I’ve known him now for a decade. He’s good. I watched him playfully pin a big bloke in less than five seconds. I know he was just playing around, but I can only imagine his skills when it’s real. Learn from him.
Good Aikido Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Aikido is present and active in around 140 countries. It was originally developed by Morihei Ueshiba (Osensei) (a highly talented martial arts master that grew up during the Japanese Meiji Era), as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.
Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attackers from injury. The idea is the ultimate act of harmony, protect yourself and your enemy. No need to destroy, injure, or kill.
After WWII, Osensei retired in Iwama (a small country town 100kms north of Tokyo) because he was so aghast with the violence he witnessed during the war. During his ‘retirement’ he transformed the older, more violent, and deadly Aikijujutsu, into Aikido. In Iwama, Aikido was found and invented.
Aiki-do is often translated literally as “the way of unifying (with) life energy” or as “the way of harmonious spirit”.
According to Osensei’s philosophy, the primary goal in the practice of aikido is to overcome oneself instead of cultivating violence or aggressiveness.
Morihei Ueshiba used the phrase “masakatsu agatsu katsuhayabi” (Japanese: 正勝吾勝勝速日) (“true victory, final victory over oneself, here and now”) to refer to this principle.
In other words, what we do is truly holistic. Good Aikido’s focus is to strengthen the body, and expand the mind, and grow the spirit of the student or the member.
To give a taste of what our school is all about. Here’s 20-minute practice video on mediation and bukiwaza. Watch it and even do it every morning before you start your day.
The Kid’s Martial Art and Aikido Classes are in the Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre.
The over 14+ and adult Aikido Martial Art Classes are in Ryde Community Sports Centre.
Here is a link to our classes and tuition.
Come, JOIN, and train with US.
Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre
We are there every Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Here’s a link to the Macquarie University Dojo. It’s easy to get to and there are lots of parking nearby.
If you are a parent you can watch the kid’s martial art class, outside overlooking the dojo.
Here is the link to class times.
Here’s also some information on our Martial Art for Kids Class
Now that’s the mindset of the Aikido uniform (Gi). On a practical level, in Aikido we do a lot of grabs such as Kata Dori (shoulder grab) and Mune Dori (chest grab) which require a full power vice grip on the clothes. We’ve seen lots of t-shirts (both cheap and expensive) rip during these exercises.
We recommend getting your Aikido Gi as soon as possible. When you enrol with Good Aikido, one of the first things we need to help you organise is your Aikido Gi.
Not all martial arts are the same. They all come with different personalities and styles.
Our martial art is unique because, at its core, it teaches you two things:
- to move to avoid incoming attacks
- second, to blend with them (harnessing the energy of the attack and redirecting it into a throw or restraining move).
Our martial art is a non-competitive martial art, so there’s no fighting – we don’t meet force with force; instead, we meet it with control.
Aikido is a fantastic art for people of any gender or age, but it’s especially great for girls and women.
Girls and women have a head start over males in learning this exciting martial art because females aren’t necessarily as naturally strong as many men. In Aikido, pure strength is actually a hindrance, rather than a help. The strong usually take longer to learn because they rely on their strength to do the techniques. Yes it may help them to force their techniques, but forcing the technique is not the same as knowing and effectively executing the technique.
Females generally learn and master Aikido techniques faster than men because they haven’t become accustomed to relying on strength; instead, they learn to execute the correct technique.
In Aikido, most movement comes from the hips – something women do instinctively because the centre of gravity is usually lower than men’s. That’s a great advantage because, in Aikido, the aim is to blend with (and move) our partner with as little effort as possible.
In Aiki we think of our ‘partner’ as someone to work with in order to achieve a mutual goal rather than our ‘opponent’, which implies a struggle against one another.
It is worth thinking about the intent of this question though. Are you in a hurry to be a black belt? A black belt’s main purpose is to hold up the pants and Aikido GI together. Hahaha.
On a more serious note, let me (Crom Salvatera) give you something to think about. Getting a black belt is easy, just go online or a store and buy one.
BEING a black belt (Shodan) not that’s something else, that’s someone to BECOME. It is right of passage, one can only become a black belt through time and training. Trust me, you want to become a GOOD black belt, NOT a fake or bad one.
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