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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.



43rd Riai Aikido Friendship Festival

A coming together of Aikido

19th and 20th October 2024

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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Riai Instructors

Henry Lynch

Sensei Henry Lynch

6th Dan – Aikikai

Riai Aikido Learning Centre

Sensei Victor Sugijarta

Sensei Victor Sugijarta

3rd Dan – Aikikai

Riai Aikido Wellington City Dojo

Sensei Mark Sleeman

Sensei Mark Sleeman

1st Dan – Aikikai

Riai Aikido Learning Centre

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!