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Aiki Kai Australia

National Aikido Association of Australia




Sunday 7 January - Friday 12 January 2024
Launceston UniGym Sports Hall. Brooks Road, Newnham

+ Tenchi Farm Dojo Extension Training - Meander, 15-18 January 2024 ... MORE

Gather, focus. Train - as one. 

Led by our Trustees with special guest:

Steve Pimsler Shihan, 7th Dan NY Aiki Kai 

We are delighted to be announcing our next National Summer School in Tasmania. Led by our Trustees, this is an opportunity to gather together and focus on training as a national group. With classes from our Trustees, TTC members, senior instructors and international guests, including Steve Pimsler Shihan 7th Dan from New York Aiki Kai, this is a national event not to be missed! 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 2024 Summer School.


University of Tasmania Newnham Campus, Launceston, Tasmania

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  • Mat set up Saturday 6th January
  • Mat pack up Friday 12th January
  • RAT catchers and mat marshals during the event
  • Mat cleaning teams each day
  • First aid officers

This is a huge event for the relatively tiny state of Tasmania and we will not be able to put our dojo together or run the event smoothly without your help!

If possible please time your arrival in Launceston to be available to assist with the set up of the mat on Saturday, and stay for the epic pack up after training close Friday lunch time.

To volunteer as a mat marshal, RAT catcher or first aid officer please email Marion at


  • Sunday 7th - Friday 12th January 2024
  • Main Hall (Dojo 1): Launceston UniGym Sports Hall, Brooks Road, Newham
  • Additional classes (Dojo 2): UniGym permanent dojo in the same building


This is the latest Training TIMETABLE - It may be updated closer to and during the school

Download PDF version of the Timetable HERE

NOTE: Please be aware this timetable may change at anytime.

TRAKR - Attendance will be logged using TRAKR


We will again be using the national attendance app, TRAKR, for both daily training and for state and national events as well. Go here to see more information on how to download and use it. There will be no paper 'tick sheets' this year, all attendance will be logged through TRAKR.


  • Saturday 6th - Friday 12th January 2024
  • Kerslake Hall
  • Single rooms with shared bathrooms only
  • Kitchenettes, common areas and laundry facilities available
  • Games, movies etc will be offered for those staying on site in the common room


  • Catering provided on campus by the fabulous Loose Goose

  • Booked meals on campus are available from Saturday dinner through to Friday breakfast
  • Individual meals may be booked, perfect for those living off site or attending part of the school only

  • Additional meals may be purchased during the event direct from Loose Goose, but will be at an inflated price so please book ahead!
  • Loose Goose will be open for casual lunch purchases on Saturday 6th and Friday 12th January for those assisting with dojo set up and pack up


  • We have a lovely Event Hub with Kerslake Hall (Accommodation) right next to the Grove (for meetings and social gatherings) and Loose Goose for Meals
  • A smaller closed room will be used for Board/TTC meetings and Instructor course, the larger space for Foundation meeting and AGM
  • There is lots of undercover outdoor seating to gather and relax


BBQ/AGM – Monday night:

    • The Grove/Loose Goose (depending on the weather)
    • Included with school registration – ensure that you select BBQ - please take this chance to all come together and catch up off the mat.
    • Additional bookings for the BBQ available for family members – please book during registration ($25)

Trip to The Gorge – Tuesday afternoon:

    • Please join us for a casual afternoon at the Launceston Cataract Gorge where you’ll find beautiful walks, a chairlift, suspension bridge, outdoor swimming pool and cafĂ©/restaurant
    • Return bus ticket from the Uni to The Gorge available during registration ($10)

Celebratory Dinner – Thursday night:

    • We’re throwing a Pizza Party to celebrate the Dan gradings at Du Cane Brewery and Dining Hall
    • 3 course meal and return bus transfer from the Uni ($55), drinks purchased separately on the night


  • Limited number of bokken & jo will be available to hire during registration for a non-refundable price of $20
  • If you are travelling by car please consider bringing your own weapons


  • We are offering a special commemorative long sleeve t-shirt and beanie for the school to protect you from the Tassie sun during the day, and keep you warm during our cooler summer evenings!
  • Long Sleeve T-shirt (dark blue, standard sizing) - $22 pre-sale
  • Beanie (blue/grey, one size fits all) - $18 pre-sale
  • To guarantee your shirt and/or beanie and lock in pre-sale prices register early – pre-sale at reduced prices will close strictly Thursday 9th November!!!
  • After pre-sale closes, merchandise will be available only while stocks last (shirts $25, beanies $20)




  • Please help keep everyone safe by following all instructions below, and anything requested during the event.
  • While it would be a huge shame to miss any of the school, if you feel unwell please stay at home/in your accommodation. Do not attend the dojo or social events if you have symptoms of any illness even if not obviously COVID-19 related.
  • If you become unwell and/or test positive during the school please contact Marion Artis on 0419 155 554
  • Due to Aiki Kai Australia's ongoing commitment to a safe training environment, daily RATs need to be taken by all participants and testing prior to getting on the plane/boat is strongly encouraged.
  • Photo of negative RAT will be required to enter the dojo each day – see the RAT catchers at the door!
  • Sufficient RATs will be provided at the school


  • There is free parking available on campus reasonably near to all venues.
  • Permits will be supplied both for residents and for day visitors. Please tick box during registration if you will require parking for your personal vehicle at any time during the school (no charge). Further information will be available closer the event.
  • The dojo and event hub are approximately 10 minutes walk from the nearest public bus stop on George Town Road in Mowbray. See google map for location of bus stops in Launceston CBD and near the Uni
  • The Airport Shuttle bus will take you to the city, or may be booked to go to the Uni for an extra fee on request.
  • If you are happy to share your arrival and departure details and your contact info with fellow registered attendees please indicate so during registration.  We will put you all in touch to coordinate shared transport where possible.
  • See the Launceston Airport website for all transport options.

      TENCHI FARM EVENT (Summer School Extension)

      • Please follow link to full event information: Tenchi Farm Event Info
      • Tenchi Farm will host an after Summer School event from Monday afternoon – Thursday morning, 15th-18th of January.
      • It will be chance to unwind, train in the stunning 40 mat dojo and spend time with Aikido friends in a beautiful nature setting.
      • There will classes with Tony Smibert Shihan, and opportunities to practice with other senior teachers TBC. Tony Sensei has also offered an art class Wednesday afternoon sketching the beautiful Tasmanian landscape at the nearby Huntsman Lake. Other activities available are nature walks with Martin, a mountain training session, kayaking, outdoor baths and sauna.
      • The Tenchi Farm event is not a formal part of the National School and is not included in the school registration. See website for more details.
      • Bookings and queries can be made by emailing or calling Bodhi on 0409695321



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