Yoshinkan: An effective system of self defence!

Practical martial arts. Practical Self defence. Accessible for all ages. Welcome to an authentically Japanese martial arts experience on the Sunshine Coast!

Yoshinkan_SymbolWHAT IS YOSHINKAN AIKIDO?

Yoshinkan has its roots in traditional Japanese martial arts dating back over 800 years. It is the official style practiced by the Tokyo Metropolitan and Riot Police in Japan. This style of Aikido is dynamic and a very effective system of self defence.  It is a non-competitive system focused around evasion, joint locks, body control, strikes, throwing and pinning techniques. It also includes training with and against weapons.

Yoshinkan_SymbolWHY DO YOSHINKAN AIKIDO WITH US? IS IT FOR ME?

It can be said of Aikido that it is truly for all ages, genders, walks of life and strength levels.  Since the essence of Aikido relies on redirecting the attackers energies back upon them, a focus is placed on technique rather than brute strength.  The elegance of Aikido is in mastery of another’s physical attack by training over time to use another’s force against them.  An Aikidoka (One who practices Aikido) learns how to do this over time by working with their training partners in a non-competitive and mutually developmental setting.  This relationship is unique in Aikido.

The Sunshine Coast Dojo is a Japan Hombu (Headquarters) certified dojo and we are closely affiliated with the top instructors in the world practicing Yoshinkan Aikido today.

Training at the Yoshinkan Sunshine Coast dojo…

  • DEVELOPS COORDINATION, HEALTH & FITNESS
  • INCREASES FLEXIBILITY AND REFLEXES
  • DEVELOPS PERSONAL SAFETY/PRACTICAL SELF-DEFENCE
  • INSTILS DISCIPLINE, RESPECT AND FOCUS
  • FOSTERS COMMUNITY AND HARMONY
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NEWS & EVENTS

Online classes/tutorials in the time of COVID 19

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Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, face-to-face classes at the dojo have been suspended. In the interim, online classes have been organised in the form of pre-recorded online video tutorials via YouTube and LIVE training sessions via Zoom. Contact the dojo if you are interested in enrolling in these.

NOTE: This mode of training is by no means the best way to learn a martial art, and once face-to-face classes recommence, these online video tutorials will only become useful as reference material to check your technique beyond your training at the dojo.Onine Dojo Ad

NEW IN 2020: MORNING CLASS

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This year marks another first for our dojo. As training recommences for 2020 this January,

we will have our first morning class. Morning class will be on Tuesday mornings 6:00am-7:00am.

20/20 Challenge! Are you up for it?

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SHINTŌ MUSŌ RYŪ TRAINING CAMP

A Shintō Muso Ryu summer training camp will again be held this January. It will be run on the weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January. It will be an overnight stay event at Camp Warrawee with the focus of consolidating and/or initiating members to their next level of kata series in SMR Jo. Plus, the seminar will also include a focus on Kenjutsu. Two full days of concentrated training with experienced budōka will offer an excellent opportunity to rapidly progress your training. For expressions of interest, please talk directly with Sensei.

AIKIKIDS CLASS!

Yoshinkan_SymbolThe AikiKids class for Term 1, 2020 is now full.

If you are interested in your child training in Term 2 of 2020, please enquire at the dojo to be placed on the waiting list in the case of cancellations.

GRADINGS SUSPENDED UNTIL AFTER COVID 19 CLOSURE

Yoshinkan_SymbolADULTS GRADINGS

FEBRUARY: Grading training will commence for February on the 22 and run until the 29 February. Shinsa will be conducted on that Saturday 29 February. This will be a Sogo Shinsa where regular Kyu and significant Kyu/Dan gradings may take place.

  • Don’t forget to register with Sensei no later than the Thursday before the grading.
  • Don’t forget to check the calendar for the dojo holiday date. 

AIKIKIDS GRADING

This will be held at the end of term 1 on the final class in April 4th.

Students will know whether they are eligible to grade one week prior to grading

STREET-STYLE SELF DEFENCE CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

Yoshinkan_SymbolAgain in May we will hold a street-style self defence class. In this class students will apply Yoshinkan techniques in shortened and more destructive ways to demonstrate Aikido applications. This type of Aikido training can be more rigorous on the body and hence isn’t practiced every session in general classes.

The class is on the 9 May with a lunch afterwards. Please register at the desk with Sensei as numbers are restricted.

 

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TRAINING @ THE DOJO

CLASS TYPES & TIMES:

The following is a brief explanation of the types of classes offered at the Sunshine Coast Dojo, the requirements for participation in them and the times at which they are held:

AikiKids classes:

Open to children from 5 years old to 12/13 (depending on capability and body condition). Students at the age of 13 will participate in a transition phase from the kids class to the adults class over time.

  • THURSDAY – AikiKids class: 4:30-5:15pm
  • SATURDAY – AikiKids class: 8:30-9:15am

General Aikido Classes:

Open to all levels from the very beginner to the black belt. Classes always focus on basic fundamental techniques in a heavily structured and modelled way and are accessible to students of all levels.

  • MONDAY – 6-7pm
  • TUESDAY – 6-7am (morning class)
  • WEDNESDAY – 6-7pm
  • THURSDAY – 6-7pm
  • SATURDAY – 9:30-10:30am

Advanced Aikido Classes

Open to those who have graded to an acceptable level of proficiency (approx. 5th Kyu depending on student) and those who display a good level of fitness. Classes assume students have a solid grounding in Yoshinkan Aikido fundamentals and can explore more difficult techniques.

  • THURSDAY –  7:15-8pm
  • SATURDAY – 10:45-11:30am.

Shintō Musō Ryū Classes

Open to adult students who demonstrate the desire to deepen their training and life experience. Students in this traditional Japanese weapons class take on significant commitment through endless patience, sincerity and a willingness to learn things that are completely different from what they have done or learned in previous experiences. Furthermore, over time students in this class train with the expectation of developing a life based heavily on the Gojō – a value system with ‘benevolence’, ‘justice’, ‘etiquette’, ‘knowledge’ and ‘trust’ at its core.

  • MONDAY – 7:15-8:15pm

DOJO LOCATION

2/4 Lynne Street, Caloundra. Queensland.

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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE – Ryan Slavin

“I opened the Sunshine Coast Dojo to establish a student base that is strong, resilient and disciplined, to enhance people’s lives. I additionally aim to foster community that focuses on the collective needs of the people of Caloundra, and more broadly the Sunshine Coast.”

RYAN SLAVIN SENSEI has been training in martial arts for over 25 years.

Ryan firstly began his martial training in 1994 in the Korean art of Tae Kwon Do where he attained 2nd Dan under Darryl Gowlett and Michael Tan (8th Dan). During this time he took part in numerous competition fights and was never beaten in Queensland (State Champion for the years he competed). Furthermore, he won a silver medal at the Australian National TKD Championships.

In 2001, Ryan moved to Japan to immerse himself in Japanese culture and explore Japanese martial arts. There he trained in the traditional Japanese martial art (koryū) Yagyu Shingan Ryū Taijutsu – Jujutsu; Kenjutsu; Bojutsu. On return to Australia, Ryan began training in Shintō Musō Ryū Jōjutsu (SMR) and Yoshinkan Aikido.

In 2005 he returned to Japan to pursue academic study at Nagoya University and further his training in Shintō Musō Ryū. At this time he received the SMR rank of shodan from Nishioka Tsuneo Sensei. Back in Australia in 2018 he received the SMR Oku Iri Certificate and the rank of Sho Mokuroku under Glen Henry Sensei (Menkyo Kaiden). Ryan continues to train with Glen Henry Sensei still today.

In Yoshinkan Aikido, after 18 years of continuous connection to training under Michiharu Mori Shihan (8th Dan Uchi Deshi to the late Gozo Shioda Kancho – the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido) at the Brisbane Yoshinkan Aikido Dojo, Ryan received the rank of 5th Dan in 2019. Ryan now holds an International Yoshinkai Aikido Federation Instructor license.

Upon relocating with his family in 2012 to teach at a college on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Ryan responded to his instructor’s advice of opening a traditional Japanese martial arts dojo to aspire to the goal mentioned in the opening paragraph above. Still, Ryan continues under the tutelage of Michiharu Mori Shihan at the Brisbane Yoshinkan Aikido Dojo today while directing the Sunshine Coast Dojo. Ryan is one of Mori Shihan’s most experienced ‘uke’ (attackers who receive the techniques).

In addition to his martial arts qualifications, Ryan holds an undergraduate degree in Linguistics, a post-graduate degree in Education (teaching) and a Masters degree in International Relations/Global Politics. Ryan is the Head of Department – Humanities & Social Science at one of The Sunshine Coast’s prestigious colleges where he teaches History, Geography and English.