Level 2, 72 Mary Street,
Surry Hills Sydney,
NSW 2010 Australia
Phone: +61 (0)2 9211 4788
Dojo Contact: Peter Bolt
Mobile: +61 (0) 423 257 582
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Head Instructor: Saburo Takayasu Sensei
Grade: 7th Dan Shihan
Dojo Capacity/Size: 150 sqm
Background: Takayasu Sensei, 7th Dan Shihan, is the Chief Instructor of the Takemusu Aiki Association and is Morihiro Saito Sensei's leading Japanese student teaching Aikido outside of Japan. His Aikido lineage traces directly to the Founder of Aikido through Morihiro Saito Sensei.
Whilst studying at Ibaraki University, Takayasu Sensei trained at both the University Dojo and Iwama Dojo from 1967 to 1973. He was present at the last class taught by O-Sensei in Iwama in 1968. He then undertook a special training tour to a number of dojos in the USA under a letter of referral from Saito Sensei, including two weeks with Yamada Sensei in New York.
Takayasu Sensei has lived and taught Aikido in Sydney for thirty years since arriving in 1974. Saito Sensei introduced him to the 2nd Doshu as one of his new Shihans at the Taisai remembrance at the Aiki Shrine in Iwama in April 1995. Takayasu Sensei's personal dojo is the Sydney City dojo located in Surry Hills, Sydney.
Training: The emphasis of Takemusu Aiki practice is on fundamental kihon techniques and principles, slow and precise movement, energy extension (kokyu power) and sharp powerful hip rotation. The focus is on developing strong, stable and effective static forms before progressing onto more flowing and faster movements at higher levels of training.
Dojo Philosophy: Takayasu Sensei is actively following Saito Sensei's wish to preserve Aikido the way it was taught by O-Sensei, and encourages all students and senior instructors to maintain purity of technique and martial spirit. He believes Aikido training should be strong and martially effective, beneficial and strengthening for the body and mind, and at the same time develop the underlying principles of Aiki.
Takemusu Aiki Association Membership Fee: $100 first year / $30 for renewal
Training Fee (all classes): $100 per month
Concession Fee - Students and Unemployed: $70 per month
Casual - City Dojo Member: $15 per class
Casual - Association Dojo Member: $10 per class