aikido-in-brisbane-michael-williamsThis is the Aikido Yuishinkai International website. It is a shared resource for our extended family around the world.

Our World Chief Instructor, Michael Williams Sensei (pictured left) is now based in south-east Queensland and soon to be based in northern New South Wales again. To find other Aikido Yuishinkai dojos in Queensland, Australia or around the world, follow this link:


Stanley-PraninThe Aikido Journal is a fantastic store of Aikido history, articles, books and videos, as well as blog and forum interaction. Stanley Pranin, a very experienced Aikidoka in his own right, is the editor and driving force behind this incredible treasure trove of Aikido history.

Please support the Aikido Journal. You will find an Aiki Store on the site. Making a purchase from the site helps fund further research. Check out the Aikido Journalat This site is a must in your ‘favourites’.


Murray-Loader-Sensei-1Murray Loader (6th Dan) Head Dojo Instructor. Sensei studied Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, a form of Okinawan Karate, for seven years in New Zealand. Whilst in NZ he visited a 4th Dan in Aikido who had returned from studying in Japan and who had set up a dojo in Auckland. Sensei was very impressed by the technical, and particularly the mental, aspects of Aikido, and he decided that if he were to ever do another martial art it would be Aikido.

After moving to Brisbane, in 1988 he started studying Shinshin Toitsu Aikido (Ki Society) under Wayne Murray Driver as there was no dojo of his style of Karate available. Also, learning the spiritual side to Karate was difficult outside Japan as few instructors had been taught it, whilst Aikido seemed to live and breathe it. Wayne was a gifted instructor and provided Murray with a solid foundation in both ki understanding and technique. Since then Murray has studied and taught at the Spring Hill and Cleveland dojos, and is now resident and teaching in Canberra.


Judy-Ringer-1Judy Ringer is the author of Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict, a book of stories, practices, and inspiration on turning life’s challenges into life teachers.

The founder of Power & Presence Training in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Judy specializes in innovative workshops to help you and your organization manage conflict, communicate effectively, and co-create a more positive work environment.

A black belt in aikido, Judy uses aikido principles of blending and redirection of energy to develop one-of-a-kind trainings that are creative, interactive, and fun. Visit


aikido-secrets-gary-weighOne of our very own members and instructor, Gary Weigh writes this blog. It focuses on Aikido extension. That is ways in which Aikido principles can be applied outside the dojo, in life and business.

“The beautiful thing about Aikido is that it is not an aggressive art. It is purely defensive with a mindset to match. The development of the non-fighting mind is the best gift that the founder of Aikido, Master Morihei Ueshiba, could have ever given the world. The powerful mind of peace is the foundation of all healing, achievement and success.”  – Gary