sensei joe portrait8th 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.

Enrica15th 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 and in April 2017, she was tested to 5th Dan, having had the honour of both ranks tested by Inoue Kyoichi Kancho, 10th Dan.

Martin Rice Sensei4th 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.

Alia Nicholls Sensei4th Dan Aikido

Alia Nicholls first started training at Aikido Shudokan in 1983 at the age of 6 and worked her way through the childrens classes and eventually transitioned into the adults classes. She graded for her Shodan in 1993 and then for her Nidan in 1995.

Fulori14th 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.

Bart Lea Sensei4th Dan Aikido

Bart Lea started training in 2000 at the Yoshinkan Aikido Ryu Hombu Dojo under Tsuneo Ando Shihan in Urayasu Japan. While in Japan, Bart participated in numerous demonstrations, camps and seminars including the the Ryu Dojo Annual Demonstration, the All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Demonstration and the Yamanashi Annual Demonstration. In 2003, he attained the rank of Shodan under Ando Shihan before returning to Australia in 2004.