I found Aikido over 24 years ago and my journey continues. I instantly fell in love with the art; the grace and beauty of the movements had me hooked, and I never missed a lesson for the first year. Henry Lynch Sensei was my first teacher and as such a key influencer on my Aikido. Danny McIntyre Sensei continues to bring home to me the pure joy of Aikido, tapping very much into the spiritual and energy side of the art.
In later years Robert Nadeau Shihan has been a key influencer. He has helped me to understand there is so much more to the art than just technique. Shihan makes you tap into the energy side of Aikido in a way no other teacher I’ve seen can. His sharing of the teachings and stories from O’Sensei (the founder) are enlightening, and he constantly challenges you to be the best Aikidoka and person you can be.
We started our small dojo in Belmont, Lower Hutt just over 5 years ago and our dojo is very family oriented, with lots of couples training. Aikido is many things to many people and I believe has something to offer everyone who steps onto the mat.