Riai Aikido refers to the principle of understanding the underlying harmony and relationships between techniques, movements, and the philosophy of Aikido. It encompasses the study of proper timing, distance, and application of techniques in a way that aligns with the principles and philosophy of Aikido.

Riai Aikido is affiliated with Hombu Dojo, World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo Japan. All our black belts are internationally recognised and registered in Japan.

The Head of Riai Aikido is Sensei Henry Lynch 6th Dan with over 45 years’ experience in the Art. His teacher is Shihan Robert Nadeau (8th Dan), from the California Aikido Association. Shihan Nadeau was a student of the founder of Aikido, Morehei Ueshiba. Henry Lynch Sensei teaches at the Riai Aikido Learning Centre (Auckland), where he is the chief instructor.

Visit our schools in Auckland and Wellington for a friendly and encouraging environment for learning the art of Aikido.


Riai Aikido is affiliated with the following organisations: