Henry Lynch Sensei, 6th Dan, Aikido
Henry Lynch (6th Dan) started his Aikido journey over 45 years ago and has been helping people learn Aikido for over 30 years. He has also studied Judo, Kendo and Shrinjo-kempo. Sensei Henry is the Chief Instructor and Head of the Riai Aikido Association which has seven schools throughout New Zealand and one in Australia. Sensei Henry founded Riai Aikido Dojo in Wellington, NZ in 1993. He is currently based in Auckland, NZ where he also founded the Riai Aikido Learning Centre.
A life member of Riai Aikido Association, Sensei Henry is one of only two people to ever be given this honour. Sensei Lynch was acknowledged by the Martial Arts community for his contribution and dedication to Martial Arts and Aikido by being inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame in November 2009.
NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame Induction Nov 2009
He regularly travels to the USA to practice with his Sensei, Shihan Robert Nadeau (7th Dan) who studied with Aikido’s founder Morihei Ueshiba. Shihan Nadeau regularly travels to New Zealand to conduct seminars and workshops.
Sensei Henry regularly conducts seminars and workshops where he focuses on the “communication system” between uke and nage. His workshops are known for the visual tools he employs to explain the concepts of aikido, e.g. Sensei Henry’s famous bunny ears to demonstrate the use of “where the head goes the body must follow” as an explicit visual example of Aikido’s basic self defense technique of Ikkyo.
Sensei Henry is the Chief Instructor at the Riai Aikido Learning Centre in Auckland City in New Zealand and is also a Director of the New Zealand Martial Arts institute.
In 2012 Lynch Sensei was inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame.