Our Respected Aikido Instructors

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Erwin Fielt Sensei (4th dan) – Erwin sensei started Aikido with the Dutch Aikikai Foundation (following the line of Christian Tissier Shihan) in the Netherlands in 2003. He joined Aikido Yuishinkai in 2009, when he moved to Australia. His main interests are in a solid grounding of Aikido based on understanding its key principles. In his classes he likes to explore the many different aspects and variations of a technique. Erwin sensei takes the Tuesday class sessions in the evening.

Christopher Cobban Sensei started training at Griffith Aikido in 2004 (Southbank) as a teenager. From the very first night that I watched people train at Griffith, I was fascinated by Aikido. As I trained, I was inspired by some really impressive students over the years, like Gabby, Aaron and Paul and with great teachers like Danny James and Steve Dows among others. In the current years, I have been guided by the teachings of sensei’s like Peter Kelly and my fellow teaching peers within the dojo.

Chris is a 3rd degree black belt (Nidan) in the Yuishinkai style. He takes the Saturday class, alternating with Michael sensei.

“I look forward to meeting you and helping you begin your training!”

Michael Atma Sensei (3rd Dan) – Michael has been studying martial arts since he was 15. Having spent over 10 years learning Tang Soo Tao and Taekwondo, Michael’s karate background eventually led him to fall in love with Aikido in 2012 after watching a demonstration.

Since starting with Akido Yuishinkai, Michael has attended countless seminars and achieved his 3rd degree blackbelt (Sandan) through diligent training and application of the Yuishinkai Aikido principles.

Michael is based in Brisbane and currently teaches on Saturday’s alternating with Chris Sensei.