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Interested in Learning Aikido?

Aikido is a non-aggressive and non-competitive Japanese martial art. In an Aikido class you learn techniques in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. You will develop self confidence improved balance and coordination while improving your fitness at your own pace. Aikido is a healthy exercise and an effective self-defence.

We've studied Aikido for over 40 years in NZ with Shihan Nobuo Takase 7th degree black belt.

Celebrated & Attended by Guest of Honour Waka Sensei
Guests Seijuro Masuda Shihan, Toshiharu Sawada Shihan, Etsuji Horii Shihan, Tony Smibert Shihan
Participants from NZ, United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Argentina, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Samoa
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A “non-aggressive” martial art? Isn’t that a contradiction?

Aikido does not seek to meet violence with violence and yet maintains its martial origins. Aikido is based on spherical movements by which an attacker’s aggressive force is turned against itself. Basic Aikido techniques involve joint immobilisations, pinning and throwing using the opponent’s momentum bringing the attacker under control by blending with their oncoming force.



What kind of people learn Aikido in New Zealand.

Aikido appeals to many different kinds of people, both as a form of exercise and as a form of self-defense.

Aikido does not require physical strength or an aggressive spirit. So, regardless of your age, your physical size or your state of fitness, with Aikido you will soon learn how to immobilize, pin down or throw an opponent with relative ease.


Do women do Aikido?

Some of the top Aikido practitioners and instructors in New Zealand and throughout the world are wome. Because Aikido is essentially a method of practical self-defence, women find that they acquire a sound basis of quick reaction and effective movement which proves useful if an occasion should demand it in real life.


Women find Aikido a fun and relaxing way to learn how to defend themselves


How about children?

Aikido is an ideal martial art for children. Many New Zealand Aikido training centres (dojos) have either special classes for children or hold general classes which incorporate Training for Children. Contact your local centre for more details about Aikido dojo's around Auckland and throughout New Zealand.


Does Aikido help with fitness?

Based on full and natural body movement, Aikido exercises the whole body. It teaches and develops flexibility, co-ordination, balance and quick reaction.

Because Aikido is essentially a method of practical self-defense, you will eventually acquire a sound basis of spontaneous reaction and effective movement which will prove useful if you should ever find yourself in a threatening situation.


What are the benefits of Aikido?

Here are some of the benefits our Aikido practitioners report:

    • improved physical fitness
    • a new confidence in being able to defend myself
    • all the benefits of exercise for my mind and my body
    • new friends who are positive and health-conscious
    • increased concentration and focus in my life
    • increased calmness and peace of mind


Can I aim for a black belt in Aikido?

Yes, Aikido has a system of regular gradings which lead to black belt status.  As with other Japanese martial arts, the black belt grade has a number of rankings, with first dan being the lowest, second dan the next rank up and so forth.


Where can I go to see Aikido in action?

There are Aikido Training Centres throughout Auckland and throughout New Zealand. If you click on any of the locations on the right hand side of this page, you will be able to see Aikido training centre locations and training times. 

You are welcome to come along to watch a training session.


Is it all right to try a lesson to see if Aikido is for me?

That’s fine.  Either contact the teacher listed as the contact person at a training centre near you.  Or come along to an Aikido session 15 minutes ahead of time and introduce yourself to the instructor – he or she will be one of the black-belt members.

To sign up for one free trial Aikido lesson, please send us your details:



Our Beginner's Information page has some useful practical suggestions about what to wear and how to get started.


The first day I came to the aikido dojo, I was out of breath by the time I got to the top of the stairs. Now I'm going for my brown belt and I can train for a couple of hours without taking a break.

Self Employed Businessman - Auckland


Important things you should know!

When you pay your monthly training fee, we recommend that you train at least twice a week. Classes are available throughout New Zealand and you can train as often as you like.


Special 6 month & 12 month Aikido packages.

You may be eligible for a special 6-month or 12-month Aikido membership package. Talk to your local instructor about the options available to you.


There is a big change coming in your life when you learn to master the art of Aikido!

To your success!

Nobuo Takase


P.S. One other thing I feel I must  tell you about.

If you're a bit shy about coming along to an Aikido training course, it's sometimes a good idea to bring a friend with you. Even if your friend just watches, the moral support will do you good. 

Better still, get your friend to wear loose clothing and to think about taking part in the trial class with you. The instructor will make both of you welcome!



- Aikido in New Zealand – Self defense, Fitness, Confidence -

Aikido Shinryukan Hombu Dojo - 16 Aberfoyle Street Mt Eden, Auckland New Zealand


Phone +64 09 294 7665 - A/Hrs +64 021 779 179

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