New training locations

Melbourne Aikijujutsu at FIT Project Brunswick As the first chill of Winter hits we are very pleased to find two fantastic new places to train. On Tuesdays at 7pm we shall be at The FIT Project on Victoria St Brunswick; and on Thursdays at 7pm we shall be at La Verite Dance ProjectsLa Verite Dance Projects in Fallon St.
Both spaces are a big step up from the austere and often inclement Shudokan Dojo, that we shall always remember fondly despite the cold, and the two or three hot days Melbourne has each year.
As well as the improved creature comforts of the new spaces, we are excited to be involved with the awesome folk behind these projects. 
Melbourne Aikijujutsu at La Verite Brunswick


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Goodbye to Albert St. Our association with the historic Shudokan Budo Academy is over, but there are exciting new developments in the works that will keep us in Brunswick.
As I arrived at the dojo one day a very upset man asked me if I was associated with the dojo. When I acknowledged that I was I pointed and spat out, "That's not how you spell academy!" I hadn't noticed before and said so, but pointed out that the other sign (not pictured) spelled it correctly. Apparently that just wasn't good enough.

shihonage workshop

Join us at the Melbourne Budo Academy on Sunday, August 20 for a comprehensive workshop on the shiho-nage technique.
In the 70's, Brett Nener Sensei trained daily with Akamon Aikido at Tokyo University and the
Shiseikan Dojo at Meiji Jingu. He also practiced daily with Fujimori Shihan. For the first year of this
training he just took ukemi, for the second year he just learned shiho-nage. Both he and Fujimori
Shihan have been refining this technique over the subsequent 40 years. Their shiho-nage is pretty good, and they've taught me a few things that I would like to share with you.
The workshop will cover both the basics of the technique and its subtleties. And as learning is achieved through practice we will offer some exercises that will allow aikidoka of all styles and levels to improve their shiho-nage over time.
Sunday August 20
10am – 1pm
Melbourne Budo Academy
level 1, 230 Brunswick St,Fitzroy
Giles Sadler
Butokuryu Aikijujutsu Godan


ude garami, abbreviated

Grainy, unfocused, badly framed footage. It it were black and white I could pretend that it was of an old master. Ude garami to a straight jab pulled back into guard.
謹賀新年 Happy New Year. Training will recommence Tuesday January 17. Here's the Sumo dezuiri ceremony at Meiji Jingu to wish us all health and good fortune. Sorry for the cheesy music intro, it's the best footage I could find.
Let's make the date official. Grading is next Thursday November 10. To save you scanning through the grading syllabus is here:


diagonal movement day

Diagonal movement day, spot the theme. In Butokuryu Aikijujutsu we use the same movements that we practice in suburi and tai-jutsu to perform atemi. We try to make our throwing techniques soft but powerful, and practicing atemi enables us to find the element of hardness in our soft throws. While our goju friends aim to seek the 柔 ju in the 剛 go, we can recognise the usefulness of accessing a bit of go in our ju.