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Dojo Now Open

Aikido Monday          6.30pm to 8.00pm – Combined basic and general class Wednesday 7.00pm to 8.30pm – General class .. [read more]

June 16, 2020

The Dragon Within Us

Recently I have put a hanging on the wall at Shin Sen Dojo. It is of a Dragon. The Dragon is seen as the guardian spirit of Aikido.. [read more]

January 22, 2020

What You Need to Know About Aikido if You’ve Never Heard of It

As most people know, aikido is the lifelong study of physical and spiritual enlightenment, in order to reach inner peace. Over the.. [read more]

December 25, 2019

5 Reasons to Learn Shiatsu

It develops your Ki (Chi) Shiatsu is the art of moving people’s energy through touch. It uses the pressure points that run along.. [read more]

November 24, 2019

Welcoming The Spring Seiki

Spring is upon us with its wonderful weather and energy. In the cyclic seasonal understanding, spring embodies the energy of tree .. [read more]

September 29, 2019

Can Aikido Improve Your Mental Health?

What is the connection between aikido and mental health? When many of us think of martial arts, we see it as an after-school activ.. [read more]

August 25, 2019

5 Lessons Learnt from Training in Aikido

There is far more to aikido than learning self-defence techniques. This peaceful Japanese martial art can also teach you many valu.. [read more]

July 25, 2019

History of Aikido

What is aikido? Developed in the 1920s, by Professor Morihei Ueshiba (aka O Sensei), aikido is a modern, non-violent Japanese mart.. [read more]

June 25, 2019

Fun Aikido Training Games for Kids

Setting your kids up for life Martial arts, specifically aikido, is a rite of passage for kids. So much more than self-defence tra.. [read more]

May 25, 2019

8 Martial Arts Myths

Martial arts, such as aikido and karate, are more popular than ever. Sadly, though, there is no shortage of misconceptions surroun.. [read more]

April 25, 2019

7 Reasons to Start Training in Aikido

Aikido is much more than an efficient self-defence method. The Japanese martial art signifies a path to understanding, is a way of.. [read more]

April 8, 2019

Benefits of Aikido

There is much more to aikido than learning combat techniques. Aikido is a path to self-development. This development integrates yo.. [read more]

January 21, 2019

Purpose Equals Happiness

I was listening to the radio recently and they were discussing research about happiness. All the research was indicating the impor.. [read more]

December 7, 2018

Deeper Connection to Self

Recently I was sitting in one of the huts in Bronte Beach where a few of the local community gather, when a woman joined us. I gra.. [read more]

October 23, 2018

Constant Circulation of Energy

Written by Ken McLean Recently in the Dojo we have been practicing and discussing the Aiki and Macrobiotic principle of Kaiten. Li.. [read more]

August 8, 2018

In winter hold fast to the pilar

Winter is upon us with its challenges – Life can be very challenging at times. An ancient saying “In winter hold fast to the p.. [read more]

July 19, 2018

Riding the Cycle of Life

We have just recently experienced Easter which is a nice break for most. In the Christian tradition it is the acknowledgement of t.. [read more]

April 16, 2018

Ideal way to have fruit

Kanten is an ideal way to have fruit. Its a cooling dessert perfect for our hot summers in Australia – it is refreshing and .. [read more]

February 8, 2018

A free and happy life

The great thing about Macrobiotics is it unifies and integrates all existing dietary theories out there. I meet many people who ar.. [read more]

February 5, 2018

Welcoming the Year of the Dog

In oriental understanding we are moving into the year of the Earth Dog. Some of the qualities relating to this are loyalty, commit.. [read more]

January 30, 2018

Macrobiotic Diploma Course in Shin Sen Dojo

Macrobiotics meaning big or great life is also considered the universal way of health and happiness. Its use can be traced back to.. [read more]

December 19, 2017

7 Pleats of the Hakama

Jin – benevolence, compassion, love, humanity, charity, spiritual person, look after your opponent, protecting others Mei Yo –.. [read more]

December 16, 2017

Are We Living Our Biggest Life?

Am I living my biggest life? Is life a joyous adventure with an ever-expanding circle of intimate friends, full of vitality and hu.. [read more]

December 14, 2017

Shiatsu Treatments

Life has its rhythm, its pace. When we fall behind it can seem too much – overwhelming. When we go ahead – we feel lack of sup.. [read more]

December 12, 2017

Returning to Vertical Connection

Greetings and I hope this finds you enjoying life with its many changes and challenges. Well Christmas is nearly upon us and for m.. [read more]

December 4, 2017

A typical Aikido training session

Usually training takes place in a Dojo. Dojo is a Japanese word that means place of the way or place where we practice the deeper .. [read more]

December 1, 2017

Aikido Created by O’Sensei

Aikido has usually been described as being founded by Morihei Uyeshiba in the late 1930’s in Japan. However, Aiki goes back, lik.. [read more]

November 27, 2017

Aikido the new Yoga

As we enter more deeply into the 21st Century, life continues to change at an ever increasing pace. Technological, economic and li.. [read more]

November 23, 2017

All Women Should do Aikido

As the Earth and human society cycles toward inevitable change, the need for the power of the feminine to ascend to its rightful p.. [read more]

November 7, 2017

Aikido and the nervous system

It is amazing how doing regular Aikido stimulates the brain. All the movements and the countless variations works on the neuro pat.. [read more]

August 8, 2017

Macrobiotics – Choosing our biggest life

Am I living my biggest life? Is life a joyous adventure with an ever-expanding circle of intimate friends, full of vitality and hu.. [read more]

February 17, 2017

Yummy Home Made Gomashio

There is nothing like home made Gomashio to add to your soups or rice or salads. Ingredients: sesame seeds, sea salt Dry roast sea.. [read more]

January 26, 2017

Holiday Wishes

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Shin Sen Dojo’s last Aikido class for 2015 is Monday 21st December, recommencing Satu.. [read more]

December 20, 2016

A Special Kotodama Evening

Experience sound harmonisation for spiritual and physical clarity of mind and awakening your deep vitality. 6th August at our Kens.. [read more]

August 7, 2016


Musubi is a principle that expresses many qualities. Musubi in food means rice ball. However its true meaning is the balance of we.. [read more]

July 19, 2016


What is Budo? Budo generally translated to mean martial arts but that is not quite correct. The Japanese character in the written .. [read more]

June 5, 2016


Zanshin is a Japanese word which means positive completion and follow through. An action that is done with unity of body and mind .. [read more]

May 24, 2016

Attracting what we need

To attract something we desire externally, we must first set up the conditions in our mind emotion/body – that we are already ex.. [read more]

April 30, 2016

Suppleness Endures, Stiffness Breaks

The willow known for its pliability and suppleness was a model for an ancient school of Ju Jitsu. The founder of the school was wa.. [read more]

March 6, 2016

Brown Rice Tai Chi

We often describe the Ki Training at Shin Sen Dojo as Brown Rice Tai Chi or Brown Rice Chi Kung. Chi Kung is the Chinese words for.. [read more]

February 23, 2016

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu – a wonderful way to experience harmony and wellbeing. Beyond massage, Shiatsu is a medical way of restoring health and .. [read more]

January 27, 2016

Shiatsu – Treatments in the Key (Ki) of Life

Life has its rhythm, its pace. When we fall behind it can seem too much – overwhelming. When we go ahead – we feel lack of sup.. [read more]

October 1, 2015

A Special Kotodama Evening

Experience sound harmonisation for spiritual and physical clarity of mind and awakening your deep vitality. 6th August at our Kens.. [read more]

August 4, 2015

Winter Solstice

By Ken McLean Sensei Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year in winter where the seasonal energy goes deepest in the earth.. [read more]

June 21, 2015

Winter Intensive 2015 – A Positive Experience

By Peter Hons, Shin Sen Dojo Tamworth. As the Shin Sen Dojo Winter Intensive comes to a close in Sydney, it’s a time to refl.. [read more]

June 15, 2015

Autumn 2015 Newsletter

2 May 2015 To Shin Sen members and friends Autumn is well underway with its sometimes-beautiful and often wild weather. The Dojo c.. [read more]

May 2, 2015

Returning to Center through Food

When we are feeling not so good, perhaps sluggish, maybe emotionally flat or the flow in our life is not happening, we do have a c.. [read more]

January 19, 2015

January 2015 Newsletter – Musubi

12th January 2015 To Shin Sen members and friends I hope this finds you well as we move into 2015 and towards the Chinese New Year.. [read more]

January 12, 2015

Seasons Greeting December 2014

Greetings to Shin Sen Friends and Family As we move into the festive season I would like personally to extend my best wishes for a.. [read more]

December 1, 2014

There are no Accidents

6th November 2014 In Macrobiotic Aiki understanding everything happens for a reason. How to receive is the question or the challen.. [read more]

November 6, 2014

Aiki and the principle of Go Ju Ryu Ki

September 2014 The ancient understanding in martial arts of Go Ju Ryu Ki has many varied applications to training. Literally trans.. [read more]

September 9, 2014

Absorbing Spring Ki

1st September 2014 Greetings and hope this newsletter finds you traveling your heaven’s sent path with joy and inspiration. Anot.. [read more]

September 1, 2014

Winter’s Water Energy

3 July 2014 Greetings, The Winter Aiki Intensive has passed and with it a number of people successfully met the challenge of that .. [read more]

July 3, 2014

How do you ride the wave of life?

28 May 2014 Life is a wave motion; the day begins with the sun rise and peaks at midday before it begins its descent to sunset. Wh.. [read more]

May 28, 2014

Harmonious Flow of Energy

24 April 2014 Greetings. I hope this e-mail finds you in positive spirits. All the trainings of Shin Sen are about supporting the .. [read more]

April 24, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter

Greetings. I hope this email finds you in great health and moving towards the realization of all your goals. For this is the main .. [read more]

April 13, 2014

New Directions

5th February 2014 So the Chinese new year is now upon us and the Horse is out of the stable so to speak. The adventure of harnessi.. [read more]

February 5, 2014

The Year of the Horse

30 January 2014 Greetings, I would like to extend positive and warm wishes to all members and friends of Shin Sen as we come into .. [read more]

January 30, 2014