Dojo Regulations by Morihei Ueshiba
- Aikido decides life and death in a single strike, so students must carefully follow the instructor's teaching and not compete to see who is the strongest.
- Aikido is the way that teaches how one can deal with several enemies. Students must train themselves to be alert not just to the front but to all sides and the back.
- Training should always be conducted in a pleasant and joyful atmosphere.
- The instructor teaches only one small aspect of the art. It's versatile applications must be discovered by each student through incessant practice and training.
- In daily practice first begin by moving your body and then progress to more intensive practice. Never force anything unnaturally or unreasonably. If this rule is followed, then even elderly people will not hurt themselves and they can train in a pleasant and joyful atmosphere.
- The purpose of Aikido is to train mind and body and to produce sincere, earnest people. Since all the techniques are to be transmitted person-to-person, do not randomly reveal them to others, for this might lead to their being used by hoodlums.
The dojo hall is located in Greendale Park adjacent to Smoothey Park. The hall belongs to Scouts NSW and on land owned by Lane Cove Council, and is situated above Berry Creek which flows into Sydney Harbour. The dojo is surrounded by bushland typical of the harbour foreshore and is only minutes stroll from Wollstonecraft railway station. The bushland setting gives the dojo an outdoor, tranquil ambience reminiscent of the dojo in Iwama, Japan.
Weapons training is often performed outside under the tall timber surrounding the hall especially in the summer months with daylight savings time. Meanwhile inside the dojo has a mat area of about 100 square metres and enough headroom for weapons and a wooden floor under the mats making for a comfortable training surface.
The first hour of training focuses primarily on weapons training, specifically boken (wooden sword) and jo (staff). The second hour is mainly engaged in tai jiutsu (literally body techniques). Because Iwama ryu Aikido is heavily focused on the relationship between weapons and empty hand techniques there is no clear distinction between the two.
All dan rankings are certified by Hitohira Saito the headmaster of the Iwama Shinshin Aiki Shuren Kai, Japan.
Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 18:30 hrs till 20:30 hrs.
Fees are $80 per month. Casual rates on a class by class basis are available, as are concession rates for eligible persons.
*Note fees subject to change at the discretion of the Aiki Shuren Dojo.