Saturday 7 January - Friday 13 January 2023 Melbourne University Sports Centre
For the first time in 2 years we are able to
train together at a national event!
We are thrilled to be back training together again as a national body. The international pandemic of Covid caused huge interruptions and massive loss of life but we are now in the position of learning to live with it, and also to pick ourselves up from the disruption and normalise our lives as much as we can. The national schools have always been a focus of Sugano Shihan's training calendar for decades as they provide a completely different training experience to that which occurs in the dojo.
• There is the opportunity to train with a wide range of people, some more highly skilled than you are so you will be regularly stretched to study your technique.
• Training for a 5 and a half day period provides level of Aikido focus which is not experienced in the dojo where there may often be breaks of many days between classes. This consistent focus on just Aikido is invaluable and Sugano Shihan often said a week of national school was easily worth a year or two of dojo training!
• Because you are living and training together life-long friendships are built and there is a new level of understanding between people who attend these events.
If you can make it, we strongly urge you to take advantage of this special opportunity and join us at 2023 Summer School.
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
Upstairs east stadium area with space for up to 300 mats
DRAFT Training Timetable & Meetings
Please be aware this timetable may change at anytime.
Training fees & Registration
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 (VIC only) rates, all of which are outlined on the registration form.
The city centre is a 10 minute tram ride or a 20 minute walk away. Cafés and restaurants of cosmopolitan Lygon Street, Carlton
are a 10 minute walk away.
Bookings from Saturday night 7 January to Thursday night 12 January.
This year we have fewer rooms to offer as University College has 3 other events on at the same time. The rooms are offered on a 'first to book' basis.
New Ensuite Rooms - EXTRA ROOMS NOW AVAILABLE - but be quick! Linen supplied, small ensuite, no air-con but built to Passivhaus design. Rate: Breakfast only $85.00 per night/ per room (single occupancy)
The registration desk will be set up at University College on Saturday 4 January from 10–5pm in the multi-function room. 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!
As part of the Melbourne University hire agreement they require everyone attending provides a daily negative RAT test.
Victorian based students should bring a negative test (or photo taken that day) to show on entry to the dojo each day.
Interstate students will be provided with RAT tests sufficient for their days of training, the cost is covered in their training fee.
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.
Merchandise & Training items A special commemorative t-shirt will be on sale at the merchandise desk, as long as stocks last! If you're after particular training items you can pre-order them prior to the event, with free shipping, for collection at the merchandise desk!Pre-orders must be in by 1 January, 2023