I joined Riai Aikido in 2000, when I wanted an Aikido club with children’s classes for my son. I have been training ever since. In Riai Aikido Wellington I trained under Sensei Henry Lynch and other teachers, and eventually took over teaching the children’s classes.
Riai Aikido was not my first time doing Aikido. In 1980 I went to Tonga as a volunteer teacher, and there met Felicia Birman from Melbourne Aikikai started an Aikido class. For the first time I became aware that a martial art was much more that fighting.
Aikido, with its focus on peace, harmony and conflict resolution became an important part of my life. It has helped give my life focus and helped me fight depression.
I had long break from training, for family reasons, until returning to join Riai Aikido. In 2014 I settled in Auckland and trained with the teachers at the Riai Aikido Learning Centre since. I gained my Nidan in 2014. I teach occasional classes at both the Riai Aikido Learning Centre and Riai Aikido West Auckland schools.
Aikido is a constant stabiliser in my life, and an influence for harmony. Applying this discipline to everyday life is very hard but very rewarding.