The Institute of Aikido Auckland – Aikido Martial Arts School on Auckland’s North Shore.
Learn Aikido for Fitness, Flexibility, Self Confidence & Self Defence.
Aikido classes teach you how to fall safely, boost energy levels and improve posture and core strength. Aikido Martial Art principles redirect an attack instead of meeting force with force and the techniques employed do not rely on physical strength, making it suitable for both men and woman, large or small! It is a traditional martial art and an effective form of self defence. Aikido Martial Arts classes consist of throw and pin techniques, and the study of bokken (wooden sword) and Jo (wooden staff). In addition to physical fitness and martial techniques; mental training, controlled relaxation and development of “spirit” (ki) are emphasized in the traditional Aikido practised at the Institute of Aikido Auckland dojos.
Sensei Dunken Francis is a 5th dan Traditional Aikido instructor & qualified Sports Coach with over 25 years experience teaching both adults and children, and is the author of the popular “Aikido – A beginner’s guide” (book) and “Aikido – The first steps” (DVD) used as study guides in many dojos throughout the world. The Institute of Aikido Auckland utilizes a proven teaching system that allows complete newcomers to train alongside more experienced students, with everyone learning at their own pace. We have an open door policy, welcoming anyone into our dojo from all clubs, styles and disciplines.
There are regular martial arts classes at Okura dojo near the East Coast Bays on Auckland’s North Shore, and sessions at Silverdale (Sensei Francis’ private dojo, by invitation only). The club has a very well respected youth academy with regular safe and structured martial arts training for children aged 8-15 years, and Sunday morning workshops open to families and children of all ages.
One of the most valuable life-skills you can learn is the ability to fall safely. Students of the Institute of Aikido are renown for their high level of skill when performing “Ukemi” (literally translates as “receiving through the body”) or break falls. Following our tried and tested tuition methods ANYONE can learn to fall safely with regular practice and dedication.