Japan awards top promotions to Canberra Aikido ladies

A local martial arts club, Canberra Aikikai Aikido, has recently celebrated the promotion of two of its female members to senior grades.

Margaret Dinan and Liz van Papenrecht were promoted to the ranks of 6th dan and 5th dan black belts respectively by the Japanese National Aikido Organisation at a traditional ceremony in January this year. The promotions are a significant achievement, representing and acknowledging both women’s commitment and years of training in the art of Aikido. Ms Dinan and Ms van Papenrecht have been training regularly for 34 and 35 years respectively, studying under the direction of the late Japanese master, Seiichi Sugano Shihan and local 7th dan master Hanan Janiv Shihan.

The appointments of the women to such senior grades demonstrate Canberra Aikikai’s and Janiv Shihan’s support for his female students in an often male-dominated activity. They also add to Canberra Aikikai’s experienced pool of current seniors members Guy Fripp and Ruth Treyde (6th Dan), and Duncan Stevenson (5th Dan).

Aikido is a modern, non-aggressive Japanese martial art with its roots in in traditional Japanese jujutsu, sword and spear techniques. Aikido utilises body movement, direction, and timing to blend with or redirect an opponent’s attack. Aikido’s goal is not the application of fighting techniques, but rather it is a path for personal development for people who sincerely desire to perfect their own human nature.

Canberra Aikikai Aikido Club runs three classes a week for adults at the Lyons scout hall and welcomes new students at any time. For further information visit: https://aikidocanberra.org or contact Duncan Stevenson on 0419 140 209.

Welcome To Aiki Kai Aikido in Canberra 2021!

Aiki Kai Canberra is continuing to welcome enquiries from beginners considering if they might like to join and start training with us in Canberra. Given the Covid-19 situation, all Aiki Kai Aikido has been modified until further notice across Australia, with training arrangements varying in each State and dojo. In Canberra we are training regularly, within guidelines.

We are back training three time per week in the ACT with beginners, intermediate and advanced training. New students are welcome! Once we commence planning for possibly expanding our training and class times we will publish more information about new beginner’s courses – at our Lyons dojo.

As the premier national and international Aikido organisation in Australia with direct linkages to Hombu Dojo in Japan, Aiki Kai Australia is a non-profit organisation where we volunteer to make available and share our study of Aikido. We have been offering Aikido classes in Canberra for over 40 years. Some of us started training in Aikido when we were students at ANU, and have been with the club for 2,3,4 decades!

Please  come down to the Lyons Dojo and watch a class, or alternately explore Aiki Kai Aikido via the video and other content on our National website https://www.aikido.org.au/

Need Quality Aikido Training Gear? We have it All…

Aiki Kai Australia has setup an online shop on our national website supplying quality Aikido uniforms, training weapons and accessories. While many students of Aikido prefer to ultimately select and source their Aikido gear from suppliers in Japan, we found that there was not readily available equipment that was designed for Aikido training, durable, and value for money – so our National team developed our own!


The gear is quality tested and delivered directly to you.

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