Summer School 2018 - Information & Registration

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You must pre-register for this event, we don't have the manpower or space to
accept registrations at the dojo

General Enquiries

Alex Raytsin    0401 139 108 (he will return calls after hours)
Alex Rojas

Andrew Chambers    0417 050 163


Minegishi Shihan, 7th Dan

This year we are privileged to have Mutsuko Minegishi Shihan, 7th Dan, as a guest instructor. Minegishi Sensei is the highest graded female Aikidoka in the Aikikai world wide and although now living on the island of Guam has had experience living and teaching around the world.

Minegishi Sensei has run dojos in the USA for 8 years when she was a Fulbright Exchange Lecturer to teach Japanese language at Smith and Amherst Colleges, Massachusetts. More recently she has been running dojos around the Pacific area. 

She registered at the Aikikai Foundation 45 years ago in 1972 and since then she has been continuously training and teaching with total devotion and dedication. She trained under the second generation Kisshomaru Ueshiba Doshu, son of the Founder, and his grandson, current Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, Koichi Tohei, the Founder of the Ki Society, and every highest ranking instructor at the Hombu Dojo. Her style is the mixture of all of these instructors and it accommodates the needs for a variety of students. 


The registration desk will be set up at University College on Sunday 7 January from 2 - 5 pm. Please advise if you anticipate arriving early or late . Victorian students will have registration lanyards distributed prior to the event, alternatively there will be a small registration station to pick up lanyards before the start of class on training days.

If you are intending to stay at University College, please register online early as there is a limited number of rooms available, see the Accommodation below! 

Follow the link on the right to complete the registration form, payments can be made by credit card or via EFT.

Aikido groups affiliated with Aikikai are very welcome to join us on the the last 3 days of this event!
The early days are reserved for specific instruction to AKA members and national dan gradings. The last 3 days are general training and feature our guest instructor along with AKA 7th Dan Shihans.  


Training fees for AKA members - 6 days

Training fees for non-AKA members - 3 days

Dojo Details & Location - Melbourne Uni. Sports Centre

Entrance to the Sports Centre, Melbourne University

For SS2018 we will be using the gym facilities at the Nona Lee Sports Centre, Tin Alley, University of Melbourne. We will be using the indoor stadium at Melbourne Uni., Tin Alley, Parkdale Campus.

The dojo is situated in the Uni's Sports Centre, about a 15 min walk down Swanston St from University College and slightly shorter from St Hilda's College

The Centre is open from 7.30am to 10.30pm weekdays and 9am to 5.30pm on weekends. No early admittance possible.

There is no general parking inside the Uni, students need to park in the surrounding streets

• No clothing may be left in the change rooms. No clothing can be left outside to air or dry. If found they will close the event down.

• No footwear will be allowed in the dojo, as per usual. Training bags will need to be stored upstairs in the viewing area

• All students to wear/show their registration lanyards when entering the dojo



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Draft Timetable

A draft timetable will be uploaded shortly. When uploaded please use the draft timetable as an indication of where and when certain events will be occurring. The designation of instructors for each of the non-Trustee classes will be set just prior to the start of training at the beginning of the week. Please be aware the draft may be altered at anytime.


Accommodation & Meals

The refurbishment to University College has not been completed to schedule which means we have a mixed bag of rooms available to us this year, some without air-conditioning and some with shared facilities. Review the list below and we suggest you register quickly if you want to secure your room of first choice! Check-in and check out dates for rooms also vary.

When registering, if you can't see one of the room types below on the registration form options, it means they have all been taken.  

PLEASE NOTE: both colleges are non-smoking in all areas, anyone caught smoking may have their room booking cancelled by the College admin.



Tuesday evening - $35.50


Formal Dinner

Friday evening - $82.00


Buy AKA Training Gear at SS2018

Some of you will not have seen our great new range of quality training equipment, from custom made Aikidogi, to weapon bags, hakama storage bags and more. We will have samples available for inspection at the merchandise desk. If you wish to order something we can place an online order for you and the items will be delivered free of charge for you to collect at the merchandise desk next morning. 

Free Delivery to Summer School!

If you would like to take advantage of the free delivery service to SS2018, you can place an order now and we will pack it and have it ready for you when you arrive at the event. Make sure you choose the shipping option 'Collect@SS2018', this rate has no charge attached.


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