Graham Morris Sensei 6th Dan Shidoin

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Morris Sensei started Aikido in Queensland 30 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.

leg-sweeptenchinage-with-joSensei Morris using Jo for sumi otoshi and tenchi nage omote.