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Japan 1983

Dredging through some old photos and found this! More that 30 years ago during my first visit to Iwama Japan.

Back then I did not bother much taking photos, just figured I'd remember all that went on. Looking back at that now with some regret, thought I do remember this dojo holiday with Saito Morihiro sensei, his wife and some of the regular Iwama deshi. At that time the only uchi deshi there was Maeda (directly below me holding child) and me. We were all on a weekend away at a mountain onsen, can't remember the location, but I remember we had fun sitting in the onsen at night surrounded by snow and the stars above.

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A Momentous Occasion

Very big congratulations to Tristao da Cunha and Alessandro Tittarelli for receiving their 8th dan at the recent Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shuren kai, Kagami Biraki celebrations in Iwama, Japan.

Both Tristao and Alessandro have long been large in the aikido world, especially in growing and spreading Iwama ryu in Europe. They have and continue to be staunch supporters of the the Saito family and of the aikido legacy of the founder.

Their promotion is well deserved and everyone at the Aiki Shuren Dojo Sydney sends their most hearty congratulations!

Tristao da Cunha

Tristao da Cunha

Alessandro Tittarelli

Alessandro Tittarelli


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New Kashima Shinto ryu compilation video

A video compilation of Kashima Shinto ryu ichi no tachi has been added to the video page.

Kashima Shinto ryu is credited as having had a profound influence on O'sensei's aikido in particular the weapons aspect of his art.

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Aikido classes over the holiday period

Thursday 17th of December will be the last night of the regular training schedule for 2015.

Regular training will resume on Tuesday the 5th of January 2016. 

Over the intervening 2 weeks there will be training on December 22; 23; 29 & 30. 

Don't forget to book your place at the aikido seminar in Canberra on the 16-18th January 2016. For details go to aikilife.com.au

I hope everyone has a restful holiday season.  

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Good Intentions

So my intentions of posting to the blog each day of the Walkers Haute Route did not materialise.

I did manage the odd post to Facebook though, so all was not lost.

This photo was taken after 15 days of walking the Haute Route, when on day 16 we climbed two 4,000 metre peaks (neither considered difficult in the mountaineering world). It was taken looking back toward the Breithorn and Pollux (among others) from beneath the Klein Matterhorn.

 

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Züri

After a very tight connection in Dubai, I managed to walk out of one plane and into another in about three quarters of an hour. My bag however took 2 days to catch up with me. Ahh the joys of arriving on an unusually hot European summer with one set of clothes. It's cooled down considerably now and cause of that the start of the walk don't look so great weather wise but that may change as it gets closer. Went out to the Reinfallen today and it had a goodly amount of water.

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The Walkers Haute Route

So the walk starts with a 03:30 check in at Sydney airport.  My preparation has not been what I'd hoped for. It started out well with a couple of long bushwalks early winter, one of them in Gardens of Stone, but by mid winter I'd managed to injure my Achilles' tendon, so the last few weeks have been nursing it back to health. I managed to get 7 sessions in a hyperbaric chamber doing some oxygen therapy to try to speed up the recovery, luckily at mates rates. Since then I've done a few short walks just around the Sydney bush and the Haute Route does not start till Thursday 20th in Chamonix, France. Hopefully I'll be right to go by then.  Heading west now over NSW as I post this first part, wifi in plane now, shows how long since I've flown OS. Next stop Dubai then Züri or Zurich depending on how you like to say it.

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Winter Solstice Party

On Saturday 20th of June we will have a party at the Sydney Aiki Shuren Dojo to celebrate the end of our decent into darkness (all be it one day early).

As in past times there will be a roaring fire, gluhwein and a BBQ.

See you there from about 3.30 pm on.

 

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Gardens of Stone

Those of you that know me well, will know that one of my other great loves, apart from Aikido is to go hiking, or "bushwalking" as we like to call it here. So from time to time I will post of some walks worth noting.

Last week two of us undertook a 3 day bushwalk in some of my favourite country, Gardens of Stone National Park, which adjoins the largest wilderness area in the state of NSW, Wollemi NP. Wollemi NP is the home of "One of the world's oldest and rarest trees" and another of my favourite stomping grounds.

Our route can be see here in by opening the attached file in Google EarthMuch of the walk was "bush bashing" or "off track" so topographic maps and a compass are a must, with a GPS being handy from time to time. Also water is often difficult to come by so a few litres usually have to be lugged in.

Below are some of the photos from our trip.


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Update on training

The renovations to the scout hall are largely complete. There is still some on going work but that should not greatly interrupt access to the hall.

Pending some work this weekend [30th & 31st January] training will almost defiantly resume on Tuesday the 10th of February, possibly even on Tuesday the 3rd!

Looking forward to seeing you all on the mat again after our prolonged absence.

I will text you on Monday the 2nd with an update. If you are not already getting my text messages and wish to be updated by SMS please send me a message asking to be put on the list.

Cheers

Mic

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Renovation Update 04/01/2015

So the new year is here and much of the main work on the scout hall is complete. There are still a few things to be done but these should not greatly interrupt our training schedule. The main thing that needs to be done before we can resume is to move the scout's gear back into it's storage areas. I am waiting to hear when we can help them with this, hopefully next week some time. If all goes to plan we should be back into training on Tuesday the 13th January. I will keep you up to date on progress as it happens.

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Renovation Update 14/12/2014

Even though progress is hard to see from the last update, the windows now have frames. The entrance and kitchen area have been panelled. The new bathroom has been water proofed.

Looking forward to seeing it next time I stick my head in!

Happy Christmas

Mic

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New 4th Dans!

It gives me great pleasure and pride to announce that the Sydney Aiki Shuren Dojo has two new 4th dan black belt Iwama ryu Aikidoka.

Warwick Kent and James Tucker have both given themselves to many years of keiko and have taken on responsibilities demanded of their rank. James is now running his own dojo and Warwick continues to assist with instruction and looking after the day to day running at the Sydney Aiki Shuren Dojo.

The certificates were recently issued by the Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shurenkai kaicho, Saito Hitohira soke, and will be presented by Mic Marelli shihan in a ceremony sometime early in the New Year.

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Renovations at the Sydney Aiki Shuren Dojo

Starting on December 1st 2014 there will be various renovation works taking place on the 1st Greenwich Scout Hall, home of the Sydney Aiki Shuren Dojo.

Over the month of December the dojo will be closed to normal training. It is expected that training will resume for normal hours sometime early January 2015.

Please check this page early next year for updates.

In the meantime please take advantage of classes taught by James Tucker sensei at the Sydney City PCYC Aiki Shuren Dojo http://www.aikidodojo.com.au. Or Roger Gibson sensei at Takemusu Aiki Association North Sydney Dojo http://www.aikidoaus.com.au/index.php/association-dojos/north-sydney.

There will be various impromptu training sessions at some of our local parks and reserves over the period of the renovations. Please forward your contact SMS and email details to mic@aiki.com.au if you wish to be included on info regarding these sessions.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and best wishes to all for 2015! See you next year in our improved facilities!

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Aiki Shuren Dojo in Australia on the rise!

When we recently renamed the Aiki Kunren Dojo to reflect our long connection to the Aiki Shuren Dojo in Iwama Japan, and so joined an ever increasing list of dojo around the world using the name.

Seeing that "Aiki Shuren Dojo" was again available for registration as an Australian Business Name I took he opportunity to grab it and use it for the launch of our new website, keeping the domain name www.aiki.com.au but also getting www.aikishurendojosydney.com.

Since then two more new websites in Australia have gone live, the Aiki Shuren Dojo Melbourne http://www.iwamaaikido.com.au and the Aiki Shuren Dojo Adelaide http://www.aikiadelaide.com.au

It's great to see our Australian family growing!

 

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Thanks to Ann Reekie sensei from Aikilife Canberra

The recent Canberra seminar was lots of fun from my perspective. Hopefully everyone who attended got something from it.

Our host Ann Reekie sensei was her usual joyful and exuberant self, and her students all made us feel welcome as usual.

About 15 people joined in the training which ranged from basic to more advanced techniques. A large part of the seminar was dedicated to bokken techniques and there was an advanced class of kaeshi waza. 

Looking forward to going do there again in the not too distant future.

Cheers Mic.


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