Principles and Core Values

All Aikido Shinryukan members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the principles of aikido and the values of the organisation. In addition to this Code of Conduct, Aikido Shinryukan follows Sport NZ’s guidelines for member safety and procedures for addressing grievances and complaints.

Responsible conduct means maintaining and upholding the core values of Aikido Shinryukan and the Aikikai Foundation. These values include:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility; and
  • Fairness

This Code of Conduct aims to clarify expectations of member responsibility and describe basic guidelines for member behaviour. It applies to all members but holds senior-ranking members and instructors to the highest standards.


All members are expected to:

  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Be honest and trustworthy
  • Accept personal responsibility for their own behaviour
  • Assist fellow members in practice and training of aikido
  • Support their dojo and the organisation in developing a safe respectful training environment

Instructors & Senior Ranking Members

Instructors and senior ranking members are expected to uphold the principles and core values of Aikido Shinryukan. They should recognise, and be sensitive to, the power differential inherent in a teacher-student and sempai-kohai relationship. Additionally, they should seek to support and develop their own training and the aikido community by:

  • Leading by example
  • Considering the well-being and safety of participants at all times
  • Demonstrating respect for their teachers, students, and families
  • Regular participation in classes, workshops, and seminars
  • Treating all students in a fair and respectful manner
  • Evaluating students based on merit
  • Working to develop sound teaching practices
  • Preventing  and reporting exploitation, harassment, or discrimination within the organisation or the dojo

Harassment, Discrimination, and Exploitation

Aikido Shinryukan advocates mutual respect for one another and does not tolerate any form of discrimination, exploitation, or harassment of anyone for any reason.

No member should do or accept anything which is likely to intimidate, offend, insult, humiliate or discriminate against any other person on the ground of gender, race, disability, age, religious or political belief, sexual orientation, social background, ethnic origin, language, or otherwise.


Active membership and participation within Aikido Shinryukan constitute your agreement to this Code of Conduct.