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 while learning how to defend yourself using your opponent's force and momentum. Aikido is an effective self-defence and a healthy exercise.
We've studied Aikido for over 40 years in NZ with Nobuo Takase Shihan
A “non-aggressive” martial art? Isn’t that a contradiction?
Aikido is non-aggressive because it 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.
The basic Aikido techniques are joint
immobilisations, pinning and throws using the opponent’s momentum.
Aikido is unique among Japanese
martial arts because, as its name suggests, it brings the attacker under
control by blending with their oncoming force.
"The Way of Harmony"
Debora Rubin de Toledo at Hombu Dojo
friends Chau (L) & Kelly (R)
I learned a lot with Takase Sensei.
The way he moves, the way he shows the
movements was new for me.
I enjoyed every single second watching him, trying
to learn new ways to do “old” things and new movements as well.
I can say it
was one of the greatest experiences in my life!
to read about my experience while training in Auckland.
Debora Rubin de Toledo - Brazil
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 women. 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.
People ask me:
"Helena, when are you going to give up
I tell them
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 . 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
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 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?
To sign up for one free trial Aikido lesson, please send us your details:
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.
Our page has some useful practical suggestions about what to wear and how to get started.
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!
Please read this carefully
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!
P.S. One other thing I feel
I must tell
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
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 -
16 Aberfoyle Street
+64 09 537 6239
+64 021 779 179