Aikido is a highly refined martial art, developed this century as a means of self-defence and spiritual training. Aikido develops coordination of mind, body and spirit, and through its philosophy and techniques brings us into harmony with our environment, other people, and ultimately ourselves.
Unlike many martial arts Aikido requires no advantage in strength or speed. It is practised around the World by women and men of all ages and abilities, and is one of the few martial arts to emphasise protection against multiple attackers coming from many directions. Aikido teaches how to remain calm and centred in all situations, and confidently neutralises aggression with minimum effort.
Central to Aikido is the idea of being in harmony with your opponent(s) rather than being in conflict with them. The movement and energy of an attack is redirected without the need for collision or the use of force. The physical practice of this fundamental principle of Aikido leads to a better understanding of people and nature, while teaching essential skills for peaceful conflict resolution. The principal factor in this process is the cultivation and refinement of Ki.
Ki is 'Universal Life Force' and is the flow of natural energy that surrounds and gives life to all things. The understanding of Aikido principles and developing the ability to direct and use Ki are integral parts of Aikido training. Through developing the flow of Ki energy through the whole body, a solid and powerful base is created. From this strongly balanced centre it is possible to create fluid motion and cultivate an attitude of non-aggression. Aikido therefore makes effective control of an attacker possible for men and women of all ages, while promoting harmony in mind and spirit.
Understanding and developing Ki is a way of enhancing your natural strengths and abilities. As you begin to understand Aikido principles you will in turn develop creative and practical new ways to apply these principles in your daily life.
Mankind's role is to fulfil his heaven sent purpose through a sincere heart that is in harmony with all creation and loves all things.
- Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido
What to wear
For initial classes it is advisable to wear loose comfortable clothing. After a while you may wish to get a keikogi - a traditional uniform used for training.
We want everyone to be able to train
regardless of their financial situation. For this reason all class fees are by donation - suggested amount is $15 per class.
Private classes by appointment.
Friday 5.00-6.30pm: Internal Power
Saturday 10.00-11.30am: General Adult Class
NB We do not currently run Kids classes.
New Students please see the Resources page
Proper observance of etiquette is as much a part of your training as is learning the movements of Aikido. Try to be mindful of what you are doing; etiquette is a practice that needs to be done from the inside as well as in appearance in order for you to benefit from it. Keep talking in the dojo to a minimum. Helping your partner is best done with a co-operative but sincere attitude rather than with words. The teacher is best qualified to explain things - your partner might be looking at an aspect you are not. As far as possible give your partner space to practice without imposing your ideas of how things should be done on them. Practice practicing non-judgementally.
Mark Evans is the head dojo instructor for Shako Dojo. With over 25 years of experience he has trained extensively in dojos throughout the UK, Australia, and Japan, and currently holds the rank of 6th Dan black belt. He is also a senior instructor at the Aikido Goshinkai international headquarters in Byron Bay and has been a direct student of the founder of Aikido Goshinkai, Master Williams, since 2003.
In 2010 he spent a year as soto-deshi to Taiki Okajima Sensei (10th Dan, Aikido Yuishinkai) living and training Aikido in Osaka, Japan, where he also received a 2nd Dan in Goshindo and extensive training in Sotai-Ho (body balance and relaxation).
His main emphasis in training is the understanding, and application, of the basic Aikido principles, which lead to ‘easy Aikido’ through relaxed strength. Although self defence is a key aspect in any martial art training Mark also teaches the practical application of Aikido principles in daily life.
Address: Tuckeroo Avenue, Mullumbimby, NSW
Aikido Goshinkai Mullumbimby Adult classes are held on Saturday from 10am - 11.30am
General Adult classes are held in Byron Bay on Thursday nights - see www.aikidoinbyron.com for further details.
Aikido in Mullum acknowledges the Traditional Custodians upon whose ancestral lands we live and work.
We pay respect to their Elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge the continuing connection that Indigenous peoples have to the land, sea, sky and waterways.
Sovereignty has never been ceded.