The Institute of Aikido Auckland – Aikido Martial Arts School on Auckland’s North Shore.
Learn Aikido for Fitness, Flexibility, Self Confidence & Self Defence.

Aikido Silverdale trains a Self Defense Aikido & Aikijutsu style that has a strong focus on practicality, function and real-life effectiveness. 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 defense.  Our classes consist of throw and arrest/control techniques supported by the study of bokken (wooden sword) and Jo (wooden staff).  In addition to physical fitness and martial techniques; mental training, controlled relaxation, risk assessment, de-escalation techniques and an understanding of biomechanics are emphasized in the Self Defense Aikido & Aikijutsu practiced at the Aikido Silverdale dojo.

dfrancis2Sensei Dunken Francis is a 6th dan Traditional Aikido instructor & qualified Sports Coach with over 35 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 club also runs the popular “Aikido Silverdale” YouTube channel which boasts over 10,000 subscribers and 300+ videos. The Aikido Silverdale 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 (six times per week) at the beautiful custom-built full-time Aikido dojo in  Silverdale.  The club has a very well respected youth academy with regular safe and structured martial arts training for children aged 10-15 years (kids 8 or 9 years old can train only if accompanied ON THE MAT by a parent or guardian), 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.



Aikido | Self Defence | Martial Art | Auckland | North Shore | East Coast Bays | Silverdale