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Never before held in Australia is a seminar featuring three highly-experienced top-level Aikido instructors from around Australia to teach at one seminar. The featured instructors are: Darren Friend Shihan, 6th Dan; David Dangerfield Sensei, 6th Dan and Ross Taylor Sensei, 5th Dan. Unfortunately, this seminar has had to be cancelled.

Each of these highly-experienced instructors have a varied martial arts background from which they draw to develop their own unique and effective approach to Aikido. You will learn the best each of these instructors has to offer to enhance your own martial arts knowledge and really gain a deeper perspective in your own training. Regardless of your martial art style, the insight that you gain will be invaluable and applicable to you so this really is a seminar not to be missed!

 Melbourne Oct 2019 Seminar

Date: Saturday 22nd October and Sunday 23rd October 2019

Location: Tans Martial Arts, 71 - 73 Munster Avenue, North Melbourne

Cost: Early Bird Fee (before 28th September) $200; Regular Fee (on or after 28th September) $250

Places are limited, so please book as soon as possible.

To book your place, please contact us at, call us on (03) 9440 7028 or register and pay via PayPal below.


Darren Friend Shihan, 6th Dan Aikido

Darren Friend Shihan’s professional no-nonsense approach to aikido training is well-known in Australia and internationally. Darren Shihan has appeared in, been interviewed and written articles for numerous Japanese and Australian martial arts publications.

Martial Arts Career Highlights

  • Began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in 1985 under Joe Thambu Sensei, Melbourne.
  • 1992-2005 Yoshinkan Honbu (Headquarters) Dojo, Tokyo Japan 
  • Enrolled in Yoshinkan Aikido 1 year instructor program Yoshinkan Aikido Honbu (Headquarters) Tokyo Japan, 1992, graduated 1993.
  • Joined Yoshinkan Aikido Honbu as a junior instructor 1994
  • Promoted to Chief Instructor-International Division 1996
  • 1996-2005 oversaw the Yoshinkan Honbu International Instructor Development Program and assisted instructing Tokyo Metropolitan Riot Police.
  • 2003 Aikido consultant to Discovery Channel program “Go Warrior”
  • 2005 returned to Australia and established Aikido Yoshinkai NSW in Sydney.
  • 2010 promoted to 6th dan, Aikido Yoshinkai Federation
  • 2017 received the title of Shihan (master instructor), Aikido Yoshinkai Federation

Currently runs a full- time dojo teaching kids and adults in Marrickville, Sydney.


David Dangerfield Sensei, 6th Dan Aikido

In 1984 David Dangerfield had his first encounter with Aikido. On seeing a demonstration, he was instantly attracted by the formal and structured nature of the art, combined with its visual beauty and obvious potential effectiveness.  David had already been training in various martial arts since 1974, including Shotokan Karate & Chinese boxing and had gained experience in the security industry.  In 1986 he began training in Aikikai style Aikido. He learned from various instructors, most memorable were occasional seminars with Takeda Sensei. In 1990 he attained his Shodan (first degree black belt).

In 1991 Dangerfield commenced his study of Yoshinkan Aikido with Joe Thambu Shihan of Aikido Shudokan. Dangerfield officially founded The Aikido Institute Inc as a non-profit martial arts education organisation on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland in 1991. The Aikido Institute was a full-time Dojo providing Alternative Education programmes based on Aikido for young people in local schools.  Dangerfield achieved his Nidan (second degree black belt) in 1993. It was around this time that Dangerfield began to travel to Japan to further his understanding of Aikido and Budo in general. He traveled twice a year to Japan on month long training trips where he studied at the Yoshinkan Hombu dojo, training under Inoue Kyoichi Sensei and Chida Tsutomu Sensei. He also made occasional trips to the Aikikai hombu dojo in Tokyo and several trips to Iwama, where he trained with Saito Morihiro Sensei.

In 1996 Dangerfield was awarded his Sandan, by this time he had already been teaching for 4 years full-time. In 1997 Dangerfield met Nishioka Tsuneo Sensei, a senior master of Shintō Musō-ryū. This meeting had a great impact on Dangerfield and he found that his personal direction and ‘style’ became clearer. 2000 marked the year that he was accepted as Nishioka Sensei’s student and furthered his studies in this Kobudo.

In 2003 Nishioka Sensei awarded Dangerfield Oku Iri Sho and in 2006 he became one of a small number of people to receive the traditional certification ‘Shomokuroku’ from Nishioka Sensei.  In the same year he received his Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Yoshinkan Aikido. Most recently Dangerfield was promoted to Rokudan (6th degree black belt) in the art of Aikido at the 100 years of Aikido celebrations in Malaysia 2012.

Due to changes in the Yoshinkai Foundation Dangerfield, and other notable Yoshinkan instructors around the world, resigned from the organisation.  Since then Dangerfield has continued to practice and teach both Aikido and Shinto Muso Ryu under the Kenshinryu 剣神流.  He is currently the Head Master of the Kenshinryu and CEO of Compass.

Ross Taylor Sensei, 5th Dan Aikido

Ross Taylor Sensei is the founder and Principal Instructor of the West Coast Aikido Martial Arts Academy in Perth, Western Australia.

Taylor Sensei begin his martial arts training in Judo during the 1970’s and studied Penkat Silat briefly at the Jan DeJong School of Self Defence in Perth.

In the early 1980’s Taylor Sensei began his study of Wado Ryu Karate eventually earning his Black Belt and teaching karate for a short time. During this period Taylor Sensei also studied informally in Jeet Kun Do, Wing Chun kung fu and the Filipino martial art of Kali.

Taylor Sensei’s study of Aikido began in 1986 under Yoshiaki Unno Shihan, 7th Dan aikido, a direct student of Minoru Mochizuki Kancho, founder of Yoseikan Budo and an original student of Aikido founder O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba.

After several years training under Unno Shihan, Taylor Sensei was given permission to teach independently and thus in 1993 he established the West Coast Aikido Academy of Western Australia.

Teaching the Yoseikan Budo style of Aikido, Taylor Sensei would eventually learn from many of Unno Shihan’s fellow students under Minoru Mochizuki in Shizuoka City and Tokyo. Taylor Sensei especially developed a very close relationship with Kazumi Koga Shihan and now visits his private dojo in Ebina City annually, along with his senior students to elevate their aiki skills.

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