Good Aikido Martial Art School Sydney
Good Aikido Sydney teaches one of the best martial arts in the world – Aikido.
The martial art of Aikido specialises in blending with energy, power, the attacker’s momentum, or force.
The Aikidoka (Practitioner of Aiki) spends a lot of training hours mastering and perfecting awase (blending).
Join Good Aikido to learn how to harmonise with your fellow human being.
Good Aikido promotes a community environment that is a safe and comfortable environment to learn an effective martial art like Aikido.
Akido? Aikido? Aiki? Peace? What Kind of Martial Art is That?
Firstly it is not Akido, it’s Aikido. Maybe it’s the way I say it, but a lot of people spell ‘Aikido’ as Akido. Just remember it’s not Akido it’s AI KI DO 合氣道. In short, we also say Aiki. Like Karatedo is just called Karate.
The kanji for ai is made of three radicals, “join”, “one” and “mouth”. Hence, ai symbolizes things coming together, merging. Aiki should not be confused with ‘wa’ which refers to harmony. The kanji for ki represents a pot filled with steaming rice and a lid on it. Hence, ki symbolizes energy (in the body).
Thus Aiki’s meaning is to fit, join, or combine energy.
What is Aiki?
Aiki is a top-level Bushi (warrior) battlefield technique that requires blending (awase) with energy, momentum, intention or force. From here the idea of harmony came. Not in a hippie peace, love, and harmony way. No no, it literally means moving with the opponent(s) or the enemy.
A Bushi needs to harmonise with the movements of opponents (because there were many) rather than clash with them on the battlefield.
On the battlefield, the Samurai or Bushi cannot and do not engage one on one, because (I’ll say it again) there were many. Back then it’s about following the strategy, tactic, fight, and survive. This is the core bujutsu. It was not scoring a point nor getting another person to tap out. Aiki was one of the Bushi’s many martial techniques. There were many techniques because the Samurai needs all of them to survive a battle.
The Aikidoka spends a lot of training hours mastering awase (blending).
What is Aikido?
Aikido is the way of Aiki. Click here to read the answer to ‘What is Aikido?’.
What is Good Aikido?
In our opinion the elements of Good Aikido are:
+ Good Osaewaza (Control and Pinning Techniques)
+ Good Taijutsu (Body Technique)
+ Good Timing
+ Good Balance
+ Good Posture
+ It promotes harmony
+ It helps the person with their fitness and wellbeing
+ It helps with personal growth and enhances the character of a person or an Aikidoka or martial artist?
Good Aikido is The Best Martial Art for People That Want to Grow and Work on Themselves
Most Aikido students do Aiki to improve their fitness, improve their flexibility and coordination and calm their mind after a hard day at work, school, or university. As the Good Aikidoka progresses he or she becomes more confident and assertive.
Self-discipline, strong focus, a peaceful philosophy, assertive energy, and confidence is an internal effect caused by practising Aikido.
Good Aikido can be practised even in your senior years.
Good Aikido is a mental martial art that can be used in day to day situations.
The Good Aikidoka does good Aiki because he or she wants peace and harmony. Most martial artists will never understand this because they want to fight.
Who’s Crom Salvatera?
That’s me. I’ve been doing Aikido since I was in my teens. I received my yudansha from Aikikai and Iwama Shin Shin Shurenkai. My teachers were/are Bill Fetes Shihan, Gibson Sensei, Mic Marelli Shihan, and Hitohira Saito Sensei Kaicho.
In the mid-2000s I went to Iwama (Ibaraki Japan) to train the old fashion and traditional way – be an Aikido Uchideshi (live-in Aikido student). I chopped wood, weeded the dojo grounds, I ‘waxed on waxed off’ the whole Tanrenkan dojo floors and walls, meditated under a waterfall, walked Sensei’s dogs, raked the bamboo forest, and trained 3+ hours a day, six days a week.
We did meditation, Bukiwaza, and Shurikens in the morning, and taijutsu in the evening, plus cramming to learn as much as can during the day (jiukeiko). I trained with the most hardcore Iwama Aikido Martial Artists from Japan, France, Spain, Denmark, Scotland, England, Argentina, Sweden, the USA, Germany, and Russia. I lived, eat, and breathe Aikido twenty-four hours a day. It wasn’t a walk in a park or a tropical holiday. It was like a Samurai Bootcamp that kept ongoing. It was an adventure that changed my life. An experience I would never forget.
Raking the bamboo forest and then doing bukiwaza every morning.
Meditation under the waterfalls.
At the Aiki Jinja, Iwama Ibaraki Japan.
Cleaning the Tanrenkan Dojo. There was so much cleaning I cannot even describe it.
Living and sleeping on the mats.
(Trying) Waking up at sunrise so I can go to the bamboo forest to rake it.
Crom Salvatera hitting the tanren with Hitohira Saito Kaicho, whilst Mic Marelli Shihan watches.
After teaching Aiki for 11 years (in 2019) I decided to retire from Aikido and do something else. I couldn’t do it. I really wanted to share everything I know about Aikido. So I came out of retirement and started Good Aikido. I guess it was a long break rather than a retirement.
Here are some of my Aikido Demo Video
Learn More About Good Aikido
- Good Aikido Macquarie University
- 10 Gymnasium Rd, North Ryde NSW 2109