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What is Aikido?

Aikido is a defensive Japanese martial art that focuses on peaceful resolutions

Aikido focuses on using an opponent’s energy and movements against them, rather than opposing them directly. It emphasises fluid, circular movements and joint locks, rather than strikes.

The goal of Aikido is not to defeat an opponent, but to neutralize aggression and resolve conflicts peacefully. It is often used for self-defense and spiritual development.



42nd Riai Aikido Friendship Festival

A coming together of Aikido

14th and 15th October 2023

The Friendship Festival is a coming together of the Aikido Community and is open to all Aikido affiliations and styles. As well as the teaching and learning at the Festival, there will also be a demonstration by Senseis’ on Sunday.

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End of Year Workshop

Saturday, 9 December 2023


Aiki Lab Workshop

Saturday, 18 November 2023


Aiki Lab Workshop

Saturday, 7 October 2023


Grading Syllabus Workshop

Saturday, 23 September 2023

Riai Instructors

Henry Lynch

Sensei Henry Lynch

6th Dan – Aikikai

Riai Aikido Learning Centre

Danny McIntyre

Sensei Danny McIntyre

5th Dan – Aikikai

Riai Aikido Learning Centre

Sensei Victor Sugijarta

Sensei Victor Sugijarta

3rd Dan – Aikikai

Riai Aikido Wellington City Dojo

First 3 lessons free!

It’s never too early or late to start learning Aikido! Whether you’re a child or an adult, Aikido can help you develop physical fitness, coordination, and self-defense skills, as well as improve your focus and self-discipline.

Ready to give it a go? Start your Aikido journey today!