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 and in Yoshinkan Aikido more specifically since 2002. He received the rank of 5th Dan in 2019 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 holds an International Yoshinkai Aikido Federation Instructor license.

Ryan has lived and trained in Japan, yet his training in Yoshinkan Aikido over the past decades has been conducted primarily under the tutelage of Michiharu Mori Shihan at the Brisbane Yoshinkan Aikido Dojo. Ryan is one of Mori Shihan’s most experienced ‘uke’ (attackers who receive the techniques).

On return from Japan in 2002, after training in the traditional Japanese art of Yagyu Shingan Ryū Taijutsu in 2001-2, Ryan began training in Shintō Musō Ryū Jōjutsu (SMR) and Yoshinkan Aikido. Later in 2004-5 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. In 2018 he received the SMR Oku Iri Certificate and the rank of Sho Mokuroku under Glen Henry Sensei (Menkyo Kaiden).

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.

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 then opening paragraph above.