For most of the last decade, Dunken was Sempai (senior student) and assistant instructor to Sensei H. W. Foster, 7th Dan at the headquarters of the Institute of Aikido (The Hut Dojo) in West London – the birthplace of Aikido in the UK.
He trained under H.W. Foster sensei since beginning his Aikido career as a young child, and for a several years was also a student of Ron Russell sensei a great Aikido teacher who contributed greatly to the spread of Aikido throughout New Zealand.
Training at The Hut dojo instilled in Dunken a commitment to the principles of Riai – “Blending of Truths”, and he is a strong advocate for the regular practice of Aiki-jo and Aiki-ken.
In 2005 he moved to Auckland with his wife and daughter, and in 2007 opened the first Institute of Aikido dojo in Okura. In 2009 private dojo was built at the family property in Silverdale (training by invitation only).
Mainly focusing upon teaching beginners and trying to bring new people into the art, and to help newcomers clarify the myriad of techniques and technical terms used in our art, “Aikido – A Beginner’s Guide” was published in July 2003, and the accompanying DVD “Aikido – The First Steps” in 2005.