Kanji script for 'Aikido'

About us

'Every river has a name. However, these names disappear when they flow into the great ocean. Aikido has many styles, many names, but Aikido is Aikido. It is my vision and hope that, like the rivers, they flow together and unite as one.'
Master Koretoshi Maruyama

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About Aikido

Aikido is a highly refined martial art, developed last century as a means of self-defence and spiritual training. Aikido develops coordination of mind and body. Through its philosophy and techniques, Aikido brings us into harmony with our environment, other people and ourselves. Unlike many martial arts, Aikido requires no advantage in strength or speed, and is practised successfully by people of all ages and abilities. Aikido practice develops flexibility, coordination, concentration, improved health and fitness, effective communication skills and self-esteem.

Central to Aikido is the idea of being in harmony with your opponents, rather than in conflict with them. The movement and energy of an attack is redirected without the need for collision or the use of force. The physical practice of this fundamental principle of Aikido, leads to a better understanding of people and nature, while teaching essential skills for the resolution of conflict. The movements of Aikido are circular and flowing. They are designed on the principles of nature and move in circles and spirals. When Aikido is performed well there is great beauty and composure in the movements of both partners.

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I am mind itself. If I hold positive thoughts in my mind, good things are likely to happen. Holding negative thoughts in my mind works against my best interests. Therefore, even if my body suffers physically, my mind remains optimistic. Even if I encounter obstacles, my mind is never defeated. Daily I fill my heart with thoughts of joy, gratitude and hope. I face each new day with a bright and optimistic spirit, which I express in word and deed. I have faith in life, and life responds in kind.

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Vision Statement

This vision statement represents the shared aspirations of individual members of Aikido Yuishinkai International. As an organisation, we endeavour to promote the vision of Master Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido and Master Koretoshi Maruyama, the Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai International.

A vision begins with intuition and dreaming, a cohesive image of an ideal to strive for. Ueshiba Sensei's vision resulted in the creation of Aikido as a path to universal harmony and world peace. It is hoped that the maxim of 'Aikido without Boundaries' will promote greater unity and strength amongst all aikidoka, thus encouraging Ueshiba Sensei's dream to be realised.

Aikido Yuishinkai International is an organisation formed to provide a network of support and resource information for Maruyama Sensei's teachings. Aikido Yuishinkai instructors strive to provide a safe, dynamic and supportive training environment based on tolerance, ethical values and universal principles to all who enter our dojos. Through Aikido practice and understanding the potency of developing a positive mind, Aikido Yuishinkai members make every effort to express this vision in word and deed.

Like ripples generated by a pebble tossed into a pond, it is sincerely hoped that through dedicated and interactive aikido training, this shared vision of Aikido Yuishinkai members will spread like ripples throughout our relationships and the greater community. By the creative and peaceful resolution of conflict in our daily lives, we strive to foster greater harmony within ourselves, with others, the environment and the world.

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The Aikido Dojo

The Aikido dojo (meaning ‘place of The Way’) provides a secure and friendly environment where we can begin to see and understand our fears, anxieties, reactions and habits. Aikido training is entirely non-competitive and fosters a cooperative and supportive attitude. The concentration and discipline required for Aikido training brings focus to our daily lives. Aikido challenges us to improve our skills and attempt new things. By achieving these skills, we gain confidence in our ability to maintain stability whenever we encounter difficulty. The first thing you notice about someone is their attitude. If your attitude and thoughts are positive, your life reflects positive results.

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Training in Aikido requires consistent and diligent practice. Although as a beginner you might train just once a week, you should be prepared to make a commitment to train at least two or three times a week if you want to make progress in the future. Sincere and dedicated practice is required to attain a state of being in which philosophy, technique, attitude and spirit merge. When there is no longer a distinction between daily life and the practice of Aikido we truly will be following the ‘Way of Harmony’.

The physical aspects of Aikido, as graceful and dynamic as they can be, are only the outward manifestation of what is, most importantly, a real and direct way to improve our quality of life.

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Master Koretoshi Maruyama, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai

Aikido Yuishinkai was founded by Master Koretoshi Maruyama to promote universal values and principles of peace throughout the world. Students from all styles of aikido are welcome to train with us as we are non-partisan in our approach. Friendship with other dojos is encouraged in keeping with the harmonious spirit of Aikido. Aikido Yuishinkai is truly ‘Aikido without boundaries’.

Maruyama Sensei is widely admired and respected as a teacher who has dedicated his life to communicating the benefits of ‘positive mind’ through Aikido training. He has inspired many thousands of people throughout the world over many years.

Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei was born in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, on 5 October 1936. He became interested in the martial arts from his Middle School years, and at his father’s urging he took up judo and earned a black belt. In his first year of university, again at his father’s urging, Maruyama Sensei entered the Rikidozan School of Professional Wrestling and also trained in weight-lifting and boxing, while continuing his training in judo at the Kodokan.

In the spring of his third year of university, he began to develop doubts about the martial arts of judo, wrestling and boxing, and their emphasis on contests of strength. He joined the Keio University Aikido Club and also began training at Aikikai honbu. He found in aikido what he had been searching for over many years: a martial art that did not depend on strength, and that taught correct attitude of mind.

Maruyama Sensei graduated from the Economics Department of Keio University in March of 1956, after which he continued his training in aikido, while working in the family business, Maruyama Manufacturing.
In 1967 he delegated his responsibilities in the family business so that he could become a full-time, professional aikido instructor under the tutelage of the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei, and dedicate himself to the martial art that taught the principles of mind and Ki. In 1971 he went to Hawaii for four months, to teach aikido on each of the islands.

In 1972, he resigned from the Aikikai to become the Chief Instructor of the Ki no Kenkyukai, founded in September of 1971 by Koichi Tohei Sensei, who granted Maruyama Sensei the rank of 8th dan. In 1973 he became responsible for teaching in Hawaii, and for ten years taught Ki Principles at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, as well as at Keio University Physical Education Research Department in Japan. From 1977 he studied with Haruchika Noguchi Sensei how to heal and help people with Ki and use Ki in daily life. At the same time, he also studied the psychology of Zen from the Zen Priest Shogen Munou, from whom he learned how to use the mind positively.

During this period, he also travelled extensively to Hawaii and many other states of the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Guam, the United Kingdom, Italy and other parts of Europe, teaching aikido and ki principles.

Maruyama Sensei became President of Ki no Kenkyukai in 1990. However, he began to have reservations about the direction and policies of the Ki Society, and resigned from this position on 29 July 1991.

From this time he undertook a period of ten years of seclusion in a temple in Saitama Prefecture, intensively training in the philosophy and practice that ‘You are fundamentally Mind’. He left the temple on 9 October 2001. During this time he had received permission from the temple priest to establish Aikido Yuishinkai, which he did on 9 May 1996. Sensei continues to develop Aikido Yuishinkai to the present day.

As a result of his ten-year period of training, Maruyama Sensei developed the Motto for Members of Aikido Yuishinkai. This is spoken by members on awakening, after training, and before going to sleep.

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Michael Williams Sensei, Chief Instructor

Michael Williams Sensei was first attracted to aikido while visiting New Zealand in 1974, where he attended demonstrations by Koichi Tohei Sensei. He was a serious student of yoga and wing chun kung fu at that time.
Returning to his homeland of South Africa, he began training with Jean Claude Delgueldre Sensei, Chief Instructor of Aikido in South Africa. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1978 where he continued his training with the New Zealand Ki Society. He moved to Australia in 1981, where he founded Aikido Ki Society Australia and established his first dojo at Griffith University in Brisbane. In 1985 he was appointed Chief Instructor of Australia by Koichi Tohei Sensei. At that time, Maruyama Sensei was the Chief Instructor of Ki Society International and taught many seminars in Australia and New Zealand. He was an inspirational teacher to one and all and during this time, Williams Sensei and Maruyama Sensei formed a special bond.

In 1989, Williams Sensei relocated to Byron Bay in northern NSW where he built Goshinkan Dojo. Bordered by forest reserve, Goshinkan provides a serene haven for people to train together. It was officially opened by Master Koretoshi Maruyama, President of Ki Society International, in May 1991.

Williams Sensei resigned from Ki Society International in January 2002 after a 28-year association with the organisation. At the same time he also resigned from Aikido Ki Society Australia, the group he founded in 1981. After re-establishing contact with Maruyama Sensei, Williams Sensei was requested to act as a facilitator to disseminate Aikido Yuishinkai throughout the world. There are now Aikido Yuishinkai dojos operating in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Argentina, Canada and the United States.

Michael Williams Sensei was awarded 9th Dan and appointed Chief Instructor of Aikido Yuishinkai International in October 2003.


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Galina Ivanova, Instructor, Rockhampton

Having moved to Rockhampton from Brisbane in 2004, Galina discovered that there was no Yuishinkai Aikido dojo in Rockhampton and has taken the initiative to start a dojo with the Byron Bay dojo as the headquarters. During these years we had many training trips to headquarters in Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart dojos, and several seminars held in Rockhampton. Galina obtained her 3rd dan in April 2008 during the seminar hold by Thom Hansen (6th dan).

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The initial design of the webpage belongs to Peter Verwey. This is his acknowledgement:
"Aikido is a well established martial art, and I am at the very beginning of my journey into discovering aikido. Rather than attempt to re-invent the information on this page, most of the content on this page has been copied from the excellent webpages of the Byron Bay headquarters and the Sydney Aikido Dojo."

The site is currently maintained by Galina Ivanova.

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