•  – ai – joining, unifying, combining, fit
  •  – ki – spirit, energy, mood, morale
  •  –  – way, path

Aikido (the way of harmonising the energy of the universe) is first and foremost a martial art but it is also much more. At its most basic level Aikido is a system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques, coupled with training in the use of sword (bokken), staff (jo) and knife (tanto) techniques. Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba in the early twentieth century and has now grown to be one of the world’s most popular martial arts. It places emphasis on practical efficiency, and is the style used to train women and anti-riot teams of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.

Size, weight, age and physical strength play only a small role in Aikido, also making it a uniquely suited option for women, children and older students.

As a form of Budo (the martial way), Aikido is more than a fighting art. It is a path of personal discovery and character improvement. The path on which you have taken the first steps is different for each person but if you train hard you will see improvements in many areas of your life. Some of the benefits include increased physical fitness, improved self-confidence and a greater awareness of yourself and your boundaries as well as those of people around you.


The History of Aikido

Modern day Aikido can trace its origins back to the feudal society of 9th Century Japan.

Gozo Shioda’s Aikido

An Early Student of Ueshiba O-Sensei and an Aikido Pioneer, Shioda Lived a Life Dedicated to Aikido…

Thamby Rajah : Aikido in Malaysia

Thamby Rajah is a Malaysian Aikido teacher and is often called ‘the Father of Malaysian aikido’…

Joe Thambu and Shudokan

The Aikido Shudokan was the first Yoshinkan style dojo in Australia, founded by Joe Thambu Shihan in 1980.

Ramlan Ortega & Aikido Shudokan Malaysia

Started learning Aikido in 1995, Ramlan Ortega Sensei was graded in 1997 to 1st Dan black belt by Kancho Inoue Kyoichi Sensei who was then the Headmaster of International Yoshinkan Aikido Federation, Japan..

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The Principles of Aikido

  • Study of ‘Ai’


    The most fundamental concept of Aikido is that of ‘harmonising’ with an attacker. In practical terms, a practitioner of aikido will use the force of an attack against their aggressor to apply a lock, throw or pin. When pulled, the Aikidoka (practioner of Aikido) moves forward in the direction of the attack. When pushed, the Aikidoka pivots out of the way. In this way, Aikido redirects the force of the attack until it is no longer a threat. In this weakened position, the attacker then becomes susceptible to various forms of controls (ways of directing an attacker to a final pin), or throw.

    Underpinning this theoretical basis are a number of principles and methods, all integral to cultivating a greater understanding and means of applying this fundamental principle.

  • Shite & Uke

    SHITE & UKE (Cooperation between partners)

    The first of these methods is the appropriate roles of both ‘shite’ and ‘uke’. In traditional aikido training, shite and uke are training partners, not opponents. As a ‘pair’, both will work with each other, fostering an atmosphere suited to the application and research of often dangerous locks and throws. Such a high level of co-operation helps you to reconceptualise an attack – from a hostile and destructive force to a positive facilitator of your aikido technique. The attack becomes a positive means to your ends.

  • Focused Power


    Another of the methods used is ‘Shuchu-ryoku’ – or focused power. This is the ability to focus your power into one point. Using the power of the hips, legs, knees, abdomen, etc, harnessed together to focus your energy towards one aim. The power generated is greater than the power of the muscles alone. It is the aikidoka’s ability to generate such power that enables a smaller and comparatively weaker person to apply techniques on larger and stronger opponents.

  • Breath Power


    Breath power or ‘kokyu-ryoku’ results from the alignment of feeling (sensitivity), breathing and rhythm, allowing the Aikidoka to read uke’s movement and lead them. It is not necessary to do any special training in order to develop breath power, you will develop it through consistent training.

  • Mastery of Balance


    At Aikido Shudokan, the ‘ki’ in aikido might be understood as the combination of correct posture, centre line, breathing and the augmented power of focused energy. Although there are many interpretations of such a complex concept, it might be said that “aiki” is the “mastery of balance”.