Winter retreat 2012

Winte retreat s over for another year :)

A brilliant time to connect with nature each other and do a little Aiki.

For a write up see

Brisbane Aikido Republic

Winter Retreat, June 22-24, 2012

Arakai Tea Estate, Bellthorpe   


Welcome to our mid-winter retreat, traditionally a time for celebrating the start of natures new year, with the return of the sun and the coming growth of spring. Its a terrific opportunity to come time together as a dojo and for our own renewal.

Please join us for a fully catered weekend of rustic style food with ingredients sourced from the Arakai tea estates’s own garden, cosy fires and bracing mountain air, and plenty of time for a little aiki on the side. Partners and families are welcome.


Just 1.5hrs north of Brisbane is the Arakai Tea Estate, near Bellthorpe. Bring a tent or sleep in the main room, it’s up to you. Places are limited, though day trippers are welcome.

Practice will be led by Danny and Alison.  5, 4-dan, Aikido Yuishinkai. Alison sensei is an original student of Williams and kumijo affectionardo since the 90’s

Theme: Kumijo Aikido Yuishinkai

is the creation of Williams Sensei and is a joining of the famous 7 part Kumijo (a paired jo kata) of Saito Sensei  to develop and understanding of distance and timing from long through to short range.

When practiced within the school levels of kotai, juntai and ryutai it highlights and develops our understanding of our open hand arts through precision practice. The kotai or static level practice is critical to the kata maintaining its martial understanding, juntai prepares for aiki and ryutai hones the senses.

Its movements can also be interpreted though open hand practice which will also be explored. On Sunday we hope to film the practice for website and dojo use.


The retreat is fully catered by ‘the naughty chef’ last years meals were a gastronomic delight and she tellwe we are in for another treat this year


Friday 22nd

Arrival, evening supper ready from 6pm

Saturday 23rd Breakfast

9:30-10:15 Jo basics and Intro to Kumijo 

11:15-12:00 Kumijo Kotai


1:15-2:00, 3:00-3:45 Kumijo Juntai


Sunday 24th

Hot Breakfast

Kumijo Ryutai



$100 - monthly members and accompanying persons

$110 - casual members and visitors

1/2 price kids, kids under 5 $10/day

$10pp  deposit (nonrefundable) Tue May 1st, balance by Tue June 5th

$55 Saturday programme and meals