The Riai Aikido Association, founded in Auckland in 1977, has schools located in Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga and Australia. They offer a friendly and encouraging environment in which to pursue the art of Aikido, placing extra emphasis on the flowing and graceful aspects of the art.
Riai Aikido has schools in centres around New Zealand, and a dedicated Learning Centre in Auckland:
Anyone interested in Aikido is most welcome to come along to any dojo and have a go. Each school welcomes beginners to their classes with some offering beginner courses and/or foundation classes. For more information visit our beginners page.
We have many other events throughout the year – please see our Event Calendar.
Aikido (pronounced eye-key-do) is a Japanese Martial Art developed by Master Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Suitable for all ages, builds and physical abilities, the benefits that can be gained from the practice of Aikido are numerous. The fluid movements practised in Aikido help to maintain and improve flexibility, balance and coordination. As Aikido has been developed from the ancient fighting arts it can be used effectively for self defence.
The Riai Aikido Association, founded in Auckland in 1977, has schools located in Auckland, Wellington and Australia. They offer a friendly and encouraging environment in which to pursue the art of Aikido, placing extra emphasis on the flowing and graceful aspects of the art.
Training in Aikido normally involves two or more students working together. One acts as defender (Nage), the other(s) as attacker (Uke). There is no competition in Aikido, the ‘attacker’ simply provides a suitable attacking movement with which the ‘defender’ can practice the techniques. Winning the fight or beating the opponent is not the objective, rather Aikido seeks to blend with the movement and energy of the attack. This practice improves our harmony both physically and spiritually and teaches us how to divert agression in a positive way.
Riai Aikido is affiliated to the California Aikido Association who are affiliated with Hombu Dojo, World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo Japan. All our black belts are registered in Japan. The Head of Riai Aikido is Sensei Henry Lynch 6th Dan with over 45 years’ experience in the Art and his teacher is Shihan Robert Nadeau (7th Dan), who was himself 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.
NZ Annual Friendship Festivals
The annual Riai Aikido Friendship Festival is a well established Aikido tradition that attracts many enthusiastic Aikidoka from many different styles and parts of the country and overseas. The festival usually runs over a weekend and is open to all. The festival provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where people can come together to share and expand their Aikido. In 2018 we celebrated our 37th annual Riai Aikido Friendship Festival.