Uchideshi/Dojosei Program

It's very easy to enrol with us.

Aikido Shudokan offers Aikido practitioners who practice the Yoshinkan style of Aikido the chance to further their knowledge of Aikido by living in the dojo. As a dojosei or uchideshi, you are required to attend every class, including after-class training, in addition to completing duties to contribute to the upkeep of the dojo. The life of a dojosei and uchideshi can be difficult physically and mentally but the efforts that a student puts in will be matched with equal reward. This is a traditional Japanese system where the student is given a great opportunity to learn the budo by immersing themselves in an environment which fosters this learning.

The dojo has several sleeping quarters where students can stay for a period of time. It also has all the facilities you need such as a kitchen, a laundry and showers, and you will be sharing the stay with the teacher, providing you with a greater opportunity for learning.

For any expression of interest, please contact us.

Past dojosei have written about their experiences:

Being a soto-deshi is the best way for you to excel in your aikido, whilst allowing you to continue with your day-to-day life. Through the program, you will get a lot of personal attention from the instructors and be pushed hard physically, mentally and emotionally as there will be expectations of you both on the mats and off the mats.

I was lucky enough to arrive in Melbourne at the beginning of February in order to spend one month training full time at the Aikido Shudokan in Thornbury and can honestly say that it has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever done.

The three of us, or the ‘English boys’ as we would become to be known, arrived in Melbourne at the end of January 2008, fresh faced and admittedly completely unaware of what was in store for us. We are now in a position to look back on our time at the Aikido Shudokan and contemplate what it means to be a dojosei. Although we had studied aikido in the UK we were new to Yoshinkan aikido and to the high standards of the Shudokan.

I became a dojosei from the Jan – May of 2010. Before arriving at the dojo, I had had a positive expectation towards becoming a dojosei. I have heard of all the good stories from everyone who had stayed as a dojosei at Aikido Shudokan, and I was very excited.

I have been lucky to be able to spend three months as a dojosei in Melbourne Dojo. October 2005, February 2007 and April 2008.