A student of O’Sensei, Seigo Yamaguchi Shihan instructed at Aikikai Hombu Dojo (World Aikikai Headquarters) and produced several gifted students. One of his most talented students is Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan 8th Dan, chief instructor of Aikido Kenkyukai (pictured below).
Aikido Kenkyukai is an affiliation of Aikido clubs inspired and led by the teachings of Takeda Shihan. The relationship between Australia and Japan is a close and long standing one, begun in 1979 and continuing to the present with regular visits by Sensei and his senior students.
There are a number of clubs throughout Australia and well as clubs in Canada, the United States, Germany and New Zealand. Australian clubs are located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Sydney, Queanbeyan, Bowral, Blue Mountains, Newcastle, Orange and South Coast NSW.
Aikido Kenkyukai conducts intensive training camps each year at various centres in Australia. A number of Takeda Shihan’s senior students from Japan regularly visit Australia and instruct at these camps. Alternatively, they are led by Stephen Seymour Sensei (head of Aikido Kenkyukai in Australia) or one of the other senior instructors based in Australia. The camps present a unique opportunity to experience advanced Aikido first hand and help ensure that teaching standards are maintained and new insights shared.