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Instructors and Contributors

Brisbane Aikido Republic was launched as an information source with opinion in mid 2009 gathering material from many different sources. In 2010 it established an aikido dojo in Mt. Gravatt with the permission of Aikido Yuishinkai. Here is our gallery of Rogues

Head Instructor, Principal Author
Daniel James, somewhat well known in Brisbane circles (you get that if you hang around enough dojos long enough) he has practiced widely established the Brisbane Aikido Republic and continues to look for new ways to understand Aikido

Instructor, Author
Alison Lane, recently returned from an extended period in New Zealand joins us as a regular instructor in 2011

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John Ward, the father of Aikido Yuishinkai in Brisbane, provides unique insights from his many adventures in budo


Anthony Rasmussen, pervasive aikidoka and theoretical physicist, he's been around since the Ki Society days and even organised and hosted Will Reed sensei's recent visit. 

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Eric Ohlsen, right with us at opening night. Eric fills in when our regulars can't make it to the dojo. Eric inherited aikido from his son and has really made it his own these days.

Friend of dojo
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Andrew Sunter, We are delighted to have a long term relationship with Andrew Sunter Sensei, as a budo buddy on various adventures, regular visitor and supporter of the dojo and colleague/mentor

Lineage and experience
All instructors and contributors follow Aikido through Maruyama Sensei, a principal student of the founder of Aikido and have a continued commitment to learning. 

Here is a brief lineage and experience of the head instructor much of which is shared by the others.


Simon Russell, long time aikidoka and influenced by his concurrent study of the Chinese martial arts is well known for producing the Aikido Yuishinkai syllabus DVD's

Gabby and Paul fresh from a stint in the slums of Brazil have contributed greatly to the development of ukemi resources.

Ben Hamley makes this site so much more readable and sensible as Dan's fingers are like lightening (fast but never strike the same place twice)