Aiki Kai Australia

National Aikido Association of Australia




Sunday 5 January - Friday 10 January 2020
Melbourne University Sports Centre

Rare opportunity to study with one of the great masters

YAMADA Shihan, 8th Dan 
and patron of Aiki Kai Australia, is our very special guest instructor this year

We are very privileged Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan has consented to travel all the way from New York to attend this commemorative Summer School! Yamada Shihan was an uchi-deshi (live-in student) for Ueshiba O Sensei, the Founder of Aikido, and a very close friend of Sugano Sensei, our teacher and the person who started Aiki Kai Australia.

Yamada Shihan is in great demand to teach internationally and we are very fortunate he had both the time and desire to teach at this event. On the passing of Sugano Shihan, Yamada Shihan kindly consented to become our Patron.

Yamada Shihan will be joining the training from Wednesday 8 January. As Yamada Shihan is cutting down on long trips, this is a rare opportunity to study under one of the great masters. 

Along with Yamada Shihan, their will be a wealth of experience during the entire week with very senior, internationally recognised teachers from Australia and overseas. At the top of that list is our own Smibert Shihan, Botterill Shihan and Janiv Shihan all of whom teach in Australia and regularly travel overseas to teach. Louis van Thieghem Shihan will also be joining us again, a regular and welcome visitor to our national events!

We are also expecting a number of very senior instructors from the USA to attend and hope some of them will consent to take a class. Which means this Summer School will provide an exceptional wealth of ideas and breadth of ways to study Aikido for students at all levels! 

VENUE: Melbourne University Sports Centre - East Stadium

We will again be using the upstairs gymnasium at the Melbourne University Sports Centre on Tin Alley.

Front door to Sports Centre                                                                East stadium area with space for 300 mats

Training Fees and Timetable

There is a sliding scale of training fees based on how far students have travelled to attend this national event. There is a Full Event rate plus Day and Half-Day rates, all of which are outlined on the registration form. If you register by 31 October the registrar will deduct 10% from your training fee.

DRAFT Training Timetable

Please be aware this timetable may change at anytime.

Accommodation & meals - accommodation bookings close 15 December

Accommodation is at University College, 40 College Cres, Parkville, 3052
+61 3 9347 3533

The city centre is a 10 minute tram ride or a 20 minute walk away. Caf├ęs and restaurants of cosmopolitan Lygon Street, Carlton
are a 10 minute walk away

Available rooms:

University College Graduate Ensuite Room
linen supplied, private ensuite bathroom, with air-con.

Rate: All meals included $122.00 per night/ per room (single occupancy)
Rate: Breakfast only $96.00 per night/ per room (single occupancy)

Brand New Ensuite Room, 
linen supplied, small ensuite, no air-con but built to Passivhaus design.

Rate: All meals included $110.00 per night/ per room (single occupancy)
Rate: Breakfast only $83.00 per night/ per room (single occupancy)

Studio Apartment, 
linen supplied, private ensuite, air-con.

Rate: All meals included $135.00 per night/ per room (single occupancy)

1 Bedroom Apartment, 
linen supplied, kitchenette, private ensuite, air-con.

Rate: All meals included $150.00 per night/ per room (single occupancy)

Download PDF brochure on UC Apartments

Accommodation bookings close 15 December

Aiki Kai Event Registration desk 
The registration desk will be set up at University College on Saturday 4 January from 10–5pm. Please advise on the registration form if you anticipate arriving early or late.

RSVP and Payment options
Complete the online registration form with your payment details. Payment is either by online credit card or via an EFT bank transfer. Details for an EFT:  ‘Aiki Kai (Aust) National School’ account, BSB no. 063-233; account no. 1009 0052.

Due to limited space and time, we cannot accept on-the-day registrations at the Melbourne University dojo, we really appreciate you taking the time to register prior to attending! 


Party Night details

Transport to/from Melbourne Uni

The easiest way to arrive at the Summer School dojo is by car or tram. Trams go past on either side of Melbourne Uni., it is a 15 minute walk to the closest train station. If coming by car, there is no parking within the university grounds, you are best to find a street parking spot on the western side of Royal Parade. There are parking stations in Carlton on the east side of the university.

If you are living-in at University College it is a 10 minute walk from College Cres to the Sports Centre via Morrison Close off Cemetery Rd. See map above, Morrison Close runs up the right side of the playing fields.

View a Google Map of the location.

Link to Public Transport Information

Merchandise/Training Items

A special commemorative t-shirt will be on sale at the merchandise desk, as long as stocks last, along with a limited range of uniforms, weapon bags, wooden weapons and other items. If you're after any particular training items you can pre-oder them prior to the event, with free shipping, for collection at the merchandise desk! Pre-orders must be in by 15 December, 2019

Pre-order training items here for collection at the Summer School, with free shipping!

Posters for the dojo
Download a colour or B&W A4 poster to put up in the dojo to let everyone know about this rare opportunity!
The colour one attracts more attention. :-)


General enquiries & RSVP address

Alex Raytsin  0401 139 108
Alex Rojas              

Andrew Chambers -      0417 050 163

We will be unable to accept registration
for accommodation and meals after 
15 December 2019

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