Good Aikido Sydney NSW 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.
Good Aikido Martial Art School is based in North Ryde Sydney New South Wales (NSW) Australia. If you are near Macquarie Park, Macquarie University, Ryde, North Ryde, or near Epping, Eastwood, Chatswood, Lindfield, and near Lane Cove, then Good Aikido Martial Art School Sydney is the best Aikido martial art school or club for you.
We believe that Aikido is one of the best martial arts for self-defence because Aikido is built on the idea that we are here to co-exist and not starting fights. Yes, we study how to effectively do attacks and strikes such as atemi, punch, grabs, and kicks, so we can learn how to defend from them.
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.
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 of 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).
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.
That’s me. I’ve been doing Aiki since I was in my teens. My teachers were/are Bill Fetes Shihan, Gibson Sensei, Mic Marelli Shihan, and Hitohira Saito Sensei Kaicho. I got my black belt (Yudansha) certificates from Aikikai (Takemusu Aikido) and Iwama Shin Shin Shurenka (Iwama Ryu). I also got an Ikkyu from Shodokan Aikido (Tomiki Aikido). I’ve also trained in Yoshinkan Aikido and Ki Aikido, although I didn’t get graded in these schools.
I just love martial arts, during the 1980s I was getting bullied at school, my late father (who’s a 3rd Dan in Karate) tried to teach me Karate. It didn’t work. He couldn’t train me. So I got enrolled in various martial arts such as Ashihara Karate and Boxing. In the late 80s, I discovered Aikido through watching Steven Seagal movies and I met Aikido friends.
When I moved to Sydney NSW Australia in 1990, I enrolled myself in Tomiki Aikido. Ed Watkins Sensei and Bill Fetes Shihan were my teachers. Bill Fetes Shihan taught me Hsing Yi, Chen Style Tai Chi, and Kenjutsu. When Bill Fetes Shihan moved to Adelaide. My mate Stefan and I were Aikido orphans and have no teachers, so my studies in Shodokan Aikido came to a sudden halt.
One day I was walking down Falcon Street in North Sydney when I heard the mighty Kiai of my next Sensei, Mic Marelli Shihan. I followed the Kiai and entered the North Sydney PCYC to discovered Iwama Aikido. This moment was the turning point, my Iwama Aikido training started two days after that accidental discovery. Happy to say, like most martial artists I know, I just showed up and kept training Aiki since.
In the mid-2000s I went to Iwama (Ibaraki Japan) to train the old fashion and traditional way under Hitohira Saito Sensei Kaicho. I was 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 Aiki 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 it and do something else. I couldn’t do it. I really wanted to share everything I know about Aiki. So I came out of retirement and started Good Aikido. I guess it was a long break rather than a retirement.
Good Aikido focuses on harmonising with others, blending with energy and developing self-discipline, focus, confidence, and assertiveness. It’s suitable for all ages, improves fitness, and mental peace and can be applied to daily life. Learn more at https://goodaikido.com.au