What is Aikido?

Introduction to Aikido, from Aiki Kai Australia

Aikido is a Japanese martial art combining self-defense, fitness, and self-development in a form suitable for all ages and all levels of ability. Aikido was developed early in the 20th century by the late master, Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei). The methods of training in Aikido are based on O'Sensei's belief in 'training for the sake of improving the human spirit through tireless polishing and perfection of the mind and body'.
In accordance with O'Sensei's ideals, the art has been kept separate from sports, in which one person competes with another. Because winning and losing are never a concern, students of aikido are free to dedicate their efforts to practice the multitude of techniques until rational and unforced movements flow naturally from within the body.

Anyone is welcome to try a class and you are encouraged to train at your level of enjoyment and fitness.
Instructor Chris Hutchinson has studied Aikido for over 30 years and has taught Aikido in Armidale since 1994.
We are affiliated with the Aiki Kai Australia (the national representative body for Aikido)

Try a class

Class Times

Classes are held at the PCYC, 176 Rusden St, Armidale.

Tuesday 6pm - 7.30pm
Thursday 6pm - 7.30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 11am

Beginners can join any class.
Phone Chris on 02 6775 1913 to ask about classes

What does it cost?

The cost is $6 per class paid to the PCYC (all Aiki Kai Australia instructors are unpaid volunteers), and students must hold current membership of NSW PCYC and Aiki Kai Australia. PCYC annual membership is $16.50 for adults and $7.00 for juniors (under 18)
Please see the Aiki Kai Australia website for current membership rates. Concession/Student and trial membership rates are available. Most people start with an interim membership costing between $20 (junior) and $50 (full adult rate) for the first three months of training.

How do I start?

You are welcome to come along and watch a class and ask questions before starting training.
To join in, please arrive ten minutes before the start time to sign up as a PCYC and an Aiki Kai Australia member. If under 18 then a parent or guardian must sign the forms on your behalf.
Loose and durable clothing is recommended - tracksuit pants and t-shirt is a good choice.