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?

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/Aiki-Jujutsu 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.


It can be said of Yoshinkan that it is truly for all ages, genders, walks of life and strength levels.  Since the essence of this system relies on redirecting the attackers energies back upon them, a focus is placed on technique rather than brute strength.  The efficiency of Yoshinkan is in mastery of another’s physical attack by training over time to use another’s force against them.  An Aikidoka (One who practices the art) 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/Aiki-Jujutsu.

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 today.

Training at the Yoshinkan Sunshine Coast dojo…

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NEW IN JUNE: Budo Body


The class is designed with the twin aims of i. building functional strength and ii. useful health and fitness for a happy life. The class will use martial arts principles (budō) to achieve these aims – but the class is NOT A MARTIAL ART, IT IS A HEALTH AND FITNESS CLASS. I have merged many aspects of my 30 years of martial training across a variety of arts (Tai Chi Chuan & Qigong; Tae Kwon Do; Muy Thai; Hapkido; Jujitsu; and of course, Aikido) to do the following:

1. develop strong, lean and flexible muscle mass (strength)

2. develop lung capacity or cardio-vascular fitness (health)

3. improve balance and coordination (strength)

4. increase circulation (health)

5. develop mindfulness and relieve stress (health)

I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences,

– training in a Chinese Buddhist temple for over 10 years in Qigong, Tai Chi and meditation for your benefit in circulation and mindfulness,

– training over a decade of rigorous fitness and flexibility for national and state fighting competitions for your benefit in cardio-vascular health, and

– training the last two decades in Japanese budō for your benefit in balance and coordination.

Here’s a snapshot of what the class looks like: BUDO BODY

So, let’s get moving together! Register for the class at the dojo.

Dojo timetable


Below is the class timetable. Please note is subject to change in the case of COVID-19 State Government Restrictions changes:

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Yoshinkan_SymbolThe AikiKids class for Term 1, 2021 is open for enrolment.

If you are interested in your child training with us at the dojo in Term 1 of 2021, please enquire now as there ARE LIMITED PLACES LEFT in the class.
Once places are filled you may be placed on a waiting list.



  • December Sogo Shinsa training runs from the 5th to the 19th. The grading will be held on Saturday 19th December with a Xmas BBQ break-up at Happy Valley to follow.



  • AikiKids Term 4 grading will be held on the final class of Term 4 – 12th December. The Dojo Xmas Break-up will be the following Saturday 19th at Happy Valley (after the adults grading)


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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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)
  • 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.

  • TUESDAY–  6-7pm

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.

  • WEDNESDAY– 5:30pm-7:30pm


2/4 Lynne Street, Caloundra. Queensland.

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“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.