INSTRUCTOR PROFILE – Ryan Slavin

“I opened the Sunshine Coast Dojo to establish a student base that is strong and disciplined, and to enhance people’s lives. I additionally aim to foster community that focuses on the 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 Ushi Deshi to the late Gozo Shioda Sensei – the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido) at the Brisbane Yoshinkan Aikido Dojo.

Ryan has lived and trained in Japan, yet his training in 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 after training in the traditional Japanese art of Yagyu Shingan Ryū Taijutsu in 2001-2, Ryan began training in Shintō Musō Ryū Jōjutsu and Yoshinkan Aikido. Later in 2004-5 he returned to Japan to further his training in Shintō Musō Ryū and received the rank of shodan from Nishioka Tsuneo Sensei. In 2018 he received the Oku Iri Certificate and the rank of Sho Mokuroku in Shintō Musō Ryū under Glen Henry Sensei (Menkyo Kaiden).