Conrad Edwards

Conrad Edwards

Conrad EdwardsConrad was the first member of Riai Aikido Wellington when Henry Lynch sensei (6th dan) started it in 1993, and has trained there ever since under Henry sensei, Danny sensei and other Riai yudansha.

Conrad has also trained extensively with Robert Nadeau shihan (8th dan) in San Francisco, attended the California Aikido summer retreat camps where Shihan Nadeau is one of the main teachers, and studied with Shihan Nadeau during his many visits to New Zealand.

Conrad is currently a Sandan (3rd degree black belt) and dojo cho of Riai Aikido Wellington City.  He loves everything about aikido, but especially the ‘neuroscience’ of aikido:  how to take an attacker’s centre without engaging your muscles, or theirs – to operate below the radar of their consciousness.  Conrad is also a Feldenkrais Method practitioner (which has huge affinities with aikido) and an experienced expedition sea kayaker (only moderate affinities).

On this page there’s an article on Conrad from the Californian Aikido Association spot-light series including (for the first time ever in print!), the only known use of aikido in Antarctica.