The Japanese martial (military) art of Aikido is a way or method practice, which incorporates a system of wide ranging self defence techniques (Taijutsu) bokken (sword) and jo (short staff) taught in secret in Japan until 1948, it was not introduced to the west until 1953.


Regular practice of Aikido techniques will enable a physically weaker person to overcome a stronger opponent. Both male and female can participate on equal terms as the concentration in all Aikido practice is on technique, not physical strength. Good co-ordination coupled with consistent practice have enabled many female participants to surpass their male counterparts in this art, especially in the utilization of weapons. As there is no competition in Aikido, age is no barrier; it is not uncommon in japan to find Aikidoka practicing in their 70’s. Francis  Sensei initially started training in 1990 and has spent considerable time practicing in Japan at the founders Dojo in Iwama. So the practice, traditions and discipline in the Whangarei Dojo adhere as closely as possible to those followed in japan.


Traditional training is of a Spartan and disciplined nature designed to test the participants sincerity, whilst building co-ordination and confidence. This type of training is suitable for mature adults only, not children.