International Aikido Dojo

The International Aikido Dojo Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture Aikikai) is located in Saijo, Higashi Hiroshima city – in the same city where the Hiro-dai Hiroshima university campus is located. (It takes about a 30 minute train journey or drive from Hiroshima city to get there). Aikido has many elements useful for self-defence, but many people practice it as a way to keep fit as well as a type of spiritual training. This Aikido group practices at Saijo Junior High School’s Judo Dojo twice a week (Tuesdays and Sundays) for 90 minutes.

What is Aikido?

AIKIDO is a martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba. It can be practiced on many levels and by people of all ages. There are no weight restrictions or weight categories. It has many elements useful for self-defence, but many people practise it as a way to keep fit and healthy and as a type of spiritual training. There are no competitions or tournaments and training usually takes the form of repeated practice of basic movements and a variety of throwing and pinning techniques.

HIROSHIMA INTERNATIONAL AIKIDÔ DÔJÔ (established nearly ten years ago) is a member of AIKIKAI FOUNDATION Aikido World Headquarters under the leadership of Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, the founders grandson. The three teachers started practice in Europe and have more than twenty years experience in Japanese Dôjôs too. The Dôjô aims to incorporate elements of health and spiritual aspects into practice and to create a place of encounter for people from different cultures.

Peter Goldsbury (6th dan)
began practice in 1969 and has trained in the UK and the USA under many different teachers before moving to Japan in 1980. Werner Steinhaus (5th dan)
started out doing Judo and after 10 years of Jûdô training began practicing Aikido in 1980 in Germany. Since moving to Japan, he practiced in Matsuyama and Ôsaka under various teachers. Instructor Carolin (5th dan) began practice in 1984 in Germany.
Since moving to Japan, she practiced in Matsuyama, Kobe and Ôsaka.

At the moment, the Saijo school has participants from the USA, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Germany and Britain- so they are living up to the “International” name!

Details: Aikikai International Aikido Dojo

Practice Hours: Tuesdays and Sundays from 19.00-20.30

Fees: 2000 Yen/month; students 1000 Yen/month

Place: Higashi-Hiroshima City, Saijo Junior High School Judo Dojo (First floor of Gymnasium)

Access by train: take the JR Sanyo Line to Saijo Station (about 30 minutes from Hiroshima Station). From there, it is about 15 min. walk (see map)

By car: The Dojo is close to old route No. 2, which runs through Saijo parallel to the JR line (see map). Parking space is available at the school.

Contact: 082-430-4750 (English and Japanese) e-mail: [email protected]


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