Morris Sensei started Aikido in Queensland 40 years ago.
He migrated to the Gold Coast from England where he studied Aikido from young age with Chiba Sensei and Kanetsuka sensei. He trained hard because with these two teachers there was no other way, and he became at 21 the youngest 2nd Dan in Europe at that time.
He began his teaching of Aikido shortly after this in collaboration with Allan Ruddock where together they founded the Isle of Mann Aikido Club.
When he arrived in Queensland in 1983 he found no Aikido here and wanting to practice he contacted the senior members of Aiki Kai Australia and travelled to Melbourne to meet them and get permission from them and Sugano Sensei to start a dojo where he could teach and practice.
He was later appointed by Sugano Sensei to the position of Area Representative for Queensland and over time built up a strong core of dedicated students. Eventually many of these students moved away to different areas and some started their own dojos in Brisbane and Warwick which remained affiliated with Morris Sensei’s Gold Coast Centre.
Morris Sensei remained the head instructor and the Area Representative until 2007 when he retired due to various other commitments.
Morris Sensei returned to Aikido in 2010 and is still the most senior instructor in Queensland.
He conducts a class at the Mudgeeraba dojo on Saturday mornings. as well as special training days in our other affiliated dojos. He has been invited by Aiki Kai Australia and The Aikido Foundation to travel to other dojos around the country to conduct TTC training days which he does a couple of times a year.
He has always been one of the most highly regarded instructors in Australia and we are lucky and proud to have him with us here at Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast.
Sensei Morris using Jo for sumi otoshi and tenchi nage omote.
Russell began Aikido Practice with John Rockstrom in Frankston, an outer suburb of Melbourne before moving to the Sunny Gold Coast, Queensland in 1996 to continue study with Graham Morris Sensei at the Burleigh dojo. Russell holds the rank of Yondan and has been teaching and practicing up until today.
John having previously studied Karate for several years (Goshin Ryu) and having decided it was not for him because it focussed too much on competitions; he commenced studying Aikido in 1989 in Santiago, Chile while on an extended visit. His first Aikido teacher was Jorge Rojo (6th Dan and Technical Director of Aikikai Chile) who was such an inspiration that John and his son trained every day for the three months they were in Chile.
After returning to Melbourne Australia in 1990 he continued with his studies of Aikido with Aiki-Kai Australia under the direction of Sugano Shihan and his appointed senior instructors.
On retirement John moved to the Gold Coast to study with Graham Morris Sensei. He also took a general class once a week at Burleigh while training on other nights for 10 years before the group moved to Mudgeeraba. He continues to study and teach Aikido at Mudgeeraba. John was for many years the secretary for Aikido Gold Coast Aiki-Kai inc. and is still a committee member.
John writes about Aikido and other matters. He is the editor of Aikido in Australia, the official newsletter for Aiki-Kai Australia, and has contributed articles to that journal as well as Aikido Today magazine in the USA, and Bujutsu International Australia. Some of his photos from the 40th anniversary summer school have appeared in Blitz Martial Arts Magazine.
He is the author of Cinematography Underwater (Oceans Enterprises), Convergence – Aspects of the Change (Zeus Publications), Fragments from a Life (Yambu), Attributes a Writer Needs (Yambu), Fragments that Remain (Yambu), A Floating World (Yambu), Aikido – Basic and Intermediate Studies (Trafford 2005 and Yambu revised edition 2013), and Aikido – Beyond Questions Often Asked (Yambu 2014). Ephemeron – a Memoir (Yambu 2017). His latest book is Dreams of Mars – 130 years of stories about Mars (Yambu 2018). As well as Fragments from a Life, Attributes… A Floating World, and Ephemeron, the Aikido books can be found on Amazon.com – and Book Depository…or in Australia, all are available directly from the author, who can be contacted through the Gold Coast Dojo at Mudgeeraba, Queensland, Australia, or by post at PO Box 3503, Robina Town Centre, Queensland, 4230, Australia. email: firstname.lastname@example.org