Aikido comes to Port Waikato - 2013 Road trip to Port Waikato

Aikido Vs Rugby a topical article by University of Canterbury Journalism student Hannah Lynch

Aikido for All Ages

Aikido offers benefits to young and old alike. Here are two articles from Riai members who took up Aikido at very different ages.


In Riai we have a tradition that students who are about to grade for Shodan (1st degree black belt) or above prepare a short essay reflecting on some aspect of Aikido or Aikido training that is important to them personally, we call these essays robans. Each student reads their roban aloud at the the end of grading. As we add to the list below we hope to build up a collection of articles that capture the flavour of Riai Aikido and to provide a medium to share our experiences and insights.

Irimi and atemi, intention and presenceJoel Burton2013
Aikido: harmony, unity, peaceVictor Sugijarta2013
ConnectionsSteve West2013
The Power of OneVance Karena2012
A very simple thoughtLiam Venter2012
The need for speedTanya Trower2012
Aikido as a model of lifeGerman2012
What is Ki?Mark Fitzwater2012
The Power of the CircleAndrew Watson2012
Ki and the Theory of EverythingRichard Justice2012
Aikido - A Path to LoveDaryl Murray2010
Aikido is greater than the sum of its partsRichard Reid2010
Aikido CirclesMargaret Wallach2010
FormLachlan Wallach2009
SupplenessConrad Edwards2009
What Is Ki?Liam Venter2008
Aikido On and Off the MatLyn Meachen2007
Aikido Systems and Purposeful InteractionsBrendon Tod2007
Aikido and the Art of Motorcycle HandlingMatt Tebbs2007
The Light at the End of the TunnelRoss Shipman2007
Trying to talk about Aikido - its all about peopleHelen Stott2006
Lessons from Aikido - A is for Aikido, B is for Bunny earsAndrew Watson2006
Aikido will help reveal the real youDarryl Murray2006
Time for AikidoCarmel Buckingham2006
Aikido and communicationMonica Chapman2005
Body, heart and soulMargaret Wallach2005
The big A - Age. A journey backwards before going forwardsLachlan Wallach2005
Aikido for Our FutureVance Karena2003
What Am I Practicing Here?Matt Tebbs2003
Aikido and the art of the kayakConrad Edwards2002
Holotropic Aikido - The Art as a Healing AgentDanny McIntyre2002
Experimenting with UncertaintyMark Coulston2002
Aikido and Karate-doHans van der Voorn2002
The great mystery of AikidoMark Fitzwater2002
Roban on UkemiBobby Newby2000
Accepting Change as ChallengeMatt Tebbs1998
Children's Aikido - The lessons I have learned & how they have affected my own AikidoLyn Meachen1998
The Influence of Mentoring in AikidoVance Karena1998

Seminar Reviews

The annual Riai Friendship Camp, running for over 20 years, is an established tradition in New Zealand Aikido. Open to Aikido proponents of all levels and affiliations, Friendship Camps are always well attended. These reviews offer a personal view of recent Friendship Camps.

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