8th Dan Aikido

In 1972, Joe Thambu Shihan began his Aikido training at the age of 11, under the tutelage of his Uncle, Thamby Rajah Sensei, the father of Aikido in Malaysia. As a teenager, Thambu Shihan studied some Kendo and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo. In 1978, Thambu Shihan tested for his Shodan and soon after at the age of nineteen, he travelled to Australia where he began training in Aiki-Kai, whilst studying at university. After deciding he was unsuited to this, Thambu Shihan took up Ju-jitsu before beginning the first Yoshinkan Aikido dojo in Melbourne, Australia.

Enrica14th Dan Aikido

Enrica Cheung Sensei began training in Aikido at Aikido Shudokan in Melbourne in March 2004 and tested for 1st Dan in December 2005. She became a full-time uchi deshi the following month and stayed on full-time in this position until February 2008, after which the position became part-time. In March 2012, she was tested to 4th Dan by Inoue Kyoichi Kancho, 10th Dan.

Martin14th Dan Aikido

Martin Rice began training in Aikido at Aikido Shudokan in 2003, testing for 1st Dan in October 2006. Since then, Martin has trained under some of the leading practitioners of Aikido in the world; including, Inoue Kyoichi Hanshi, Takeno Takefumi Shihan, Ando Tsuneo Shihan, Robert Mustard Sensei and a year in Japan with Tsutomu Chida Shihan.

Fulori13rd Dan Aikido

Fulori Smith began training in 2002 at the age of 11. In 2008 she was awarded the rank of Shodan. When she finished high school she began teaching children’s classes at the Oakleigh dojo. She has since gone on to become the co-ordinator of the children’s program at Aikido Shudokan.