Aikido Bayside Melbourne




We help gentlemen and gentlewomen of any age and fitness level go from insecure, shy, self-conscious and feeling isolated to feeling good about themselves and being confident in social and public settings.

This practical experiential learning training program will also foster a mindfulness that is a proven way for you to improve your personal relationships in a way you never thought possible.

In a non-competitive and nurturing environment, at a pace tailored to your individual needs, regardless of your age or fitness level, Aikido-Yoga offers a completely safe and proven method that takes you from unfit and unconfident to the clear-headed confidence, poise, and mindfulness that comes with Self-Mastery.

Aikido training is NOT the competitive and physically gruelling training experienced in, say, Mixed Martial Arts, boxing or Karate.

With its roots based in “soft” non-contact / non-competitive Zen-based Japanese martial-arts and holistic ancient Yoga practices, Aikido-Yoga offers a unique and proven transformative experience for anyone wanting to go from zero confidence to a being able to confidently and joyfully chart their own destiny in an increasingly unpredictable and challenging world.

Our experienced instructors are dedicated to helping you discover and develop your potential by teaching you the principles of Aikido in a fun and challenging way. Our classes focus on developing core strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination, all while learning the principles of Aikido.

At Aikido Bayside Melbourne, our goal is to create a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive community where everyone can learn and grow together. As you progress through our program, you will become more confident in your abilities, both on and off the mat.

If you’re looking to improve your physical health, mental clarity, and emotional well-being, Aikido-Yoga is the perfect choice for you. Our program is designed to help you develop a strong mind and body connection, while also providing you with tools to manage stress and overcome obstacles in your life.

We invite you to join our community and experience the transformative power of Aikido-Yoga for yourself. Contact us today to schedule your free introductory class and start your journey towards self-mastery.

First month of training is free

No experience necessary. All ages and fitness levels welcome …so why wait?  Start your Aikido-Yoga journey with us today. No lock-in contracts and modest fees, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain as you transform into a healthier, happier, more confident and powerful you!

Julius Aib performing Irimi on the beach

Aikido in Melbourne

The Melbourne based Aikido Bayside training centres are located in Cheltenham and Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  Please call Jules Aib on 0418 568 638 for more information and follow the links in the tabs above for exact class location and times for Aikido classes held in Melbourne.

Thimmaiah performing Irimi on sand

Aikido in Bangalore

The Bangalore based Aikido training centres are located at Vasanthanagar and Palace Road, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Please call M.C Thimmaiah on 98441 06903 for more information and follow the links in the tabs above for exact class location and times for adult Aikido classes held in Bangalore.

1. The Power of Perception

The saying goes, “Perception is reality,” and it’s an essential concept to understand as we navigate our lives. The lens through which we view the world informs our experiences, emotions, and actions. Therefore, if we don’t like our reality, we must look inward and examine our perceptions. Our beliefs, biases, and attitudes affect what we see, hear, and feel, and ultimately create our subjective reality.
For instance, two people can witness the same event and interpret it differently based on their perceptions. One may view it as a threat, while another sees it as an opportunity. Our perception is influenced by our past experiences, cultural background, education, and environment. It’s crucial to recognise that our perceptions can be shaped and transformed through intentional self-awareness and mental training.

2. Inward Journey

To shift our perceptions and create a reality we desire, we must embark on an inward journey. The inward journey involves looking within ourselves, our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. It requires us to reflect on our past, present, and future and identify what we want to achieve and who we want to become.
Meditation, mindfulness, and introspection are tools that can help us in this process. They allow us to observe our thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judgment and gain insight into our true selves. The goal of the inward journey is to cultivate self-awareness, resilience, and emotional regulation, enabling us to respond rather than react to external stimuli.

3. The Way of Mushin and Zanshin

Mushin and Zanshin are Japanese concepts that indicate a state of mind in martial arts. Mushin means “no mind,” and Zanshin translates as “remaining mind.” In essence, these concepts refer to a state of flow and presence where the mind is free from distractions and focused on the task at hand. These practices are essential in martial arts because they enable a fighter to remain centered, calm, and responsive even under pressure.
However, Mushin and Zanshin are not limited to martial arts and can be applied to any area of life. It’s about being fully present, attentive, and open to whatever arises. Cultivating these practices enables us to create a state of flow and focus, leading to greater productivity and creativity. Moreover, it helps us maintain balance and equanimity in challenging situations.

4. Responding from Middle Kingdom

Middle Kingdom is a term used in martial arts, which means a state of balance and harmony between the mind, body, and spirit. In the Middle Kingdom, one is neither too tense nor too relaxed, but rather in a state of optimal arousal that facilitates optimal performance.
To respond from the Middle Kingdom means to act from a place of awareness, intention, and skill rather than react from fear, anger, or aggression. Cultivating this habit requires intentional training and practice. It involves developing a set of abilities such as emotional regulation, impulse control, and adaptability, which enable us to respond appropriately to any situation.

5. The Foundation of the Seven Habits

The seven habits are a set of principles developed by Stephen Covey that promote personal growth and effectiveness. These habits are interdependent, and each supports the other. However, the foundation of the seven habits lies in Habit One, which is about being proactively responsible for our lives.
To be proactive means to take the initiative and responsibility for our choices, behaviors, and responses. It involves recognizing that we have agency over our lives and that we can choose how to respond to external events. This habit requires developing a growth mindset, which involves seeing challenges as opportunities for learning and growth, rather than as obstacles.

6. Integrating Appropriate Strategies

Once we have developed the foundational habit of proactivity, we can start to integrate appropriate strategies for growth and effectiveness. The seven habits suggest specific practices such as setting goals, seeking first to understand, synergizing, and creating a personal mission statement. These habits promote personal development, emotional intelligence, and social intelligence.
Certainty, variety, significance, oneness/connection, growth, contribution, purpose, and meaning are essential strategies that help us navigate our lives with intention and purpose. Developing our sense of certainty allows us to feel secure and grounded in our convictions. Embracing variety enables us to explore new opportunities, challenge our beliefs, and expand our horizons. Seeking significance, oneness/connection, growth, contribution, purpose, and meaning give us a sense of direction and fulfillment.

7. Building Your Table

Our Table is a metaphor for building a solid foundation for our lives based on the seven habits and appropriate strategies. To build our Table requires intentional effort, commitment, and discipline. It involves cultivating habits of excellence, emotional resilience, and relational mastery.
Building our Table requires us to engage in continuous learning, personal development, and contribution to others. It involves discovering our values, passions, and purpose and aligning our actions with them. Our Table allows us to create a reality that is congruent with our highest aspirations, leading to fulfillment, meaning, and contribution.

8. Conclusion:

Creating our reality requires intentional effort and consistent practice. It begins with recognising the power of our perception and taking responsibility for our choices and responses. By embarking on an inward journey, cultivating Mushin, and Zanshin, responding from the Middle Kingdom, and developing the foundational habit of proactivity, we can begin to integrate the appropriate strategies for growth and effectiveness. Building our Table and aligning our actions with our values, passions, and purpose allows us to create a reality that reflects our highest aspirations.

9. Take Action !

So what are you waiting for? This is an invitation for all people of all ages and all fitness levels to come and join us in a safe and nurturing true dojo environment that’s PURPOSE is to help you grow into the best version of who you can be.

What can you expect to gain from training in Aikido-Yoga

  1. Physical fitness: Practitioners of aikido-yoga typically maintain a high level of physical fitness regardless of age. Both Aikido and Yoga require a great deal of strength appropriate to your fitness level, flexibility, balance, and endurance safely within their current abilities.
    The seamless combination of Aikido and yoga practices has the potential to create a highly functional, balanced, and agile mind and body.

  2. Mindfulness: Both Aikido and Yoga place a strong emphasis on mindfulness, cultivating awareness and the ability to be present in the moment. Therefore, practitioners of aikido-yoga may be more adept at staying present in their daily lives, even during difficult or stressful situations.
  3. Centeredness: The combination of Aikido and Yoga can help practitioners achieve a sense of centeredness and balance, both physically and mentally. This can lead to a greater sense of confidence, poise, and stability in daily life.
  4. Compassion: Aikido is based on promoting harmony and peace, and Yoga emphasises compassion, empathy, and connection with others. As a result, practitioners of aikido-yoga may be more attuned to the needs of others and may have a greater capacity for empathy and compassion.
  5. Resilience: Aikido’s philosophy and techniques focus on blending with and redirecting an attacker’s energy, rather than meeting force with force. This approach trains practitioners to remain flexible, adaptable, and resilient in the face of challenges. When combined with Yoga’s emphasis on mental strength and self-awareness, practitioners of aikido-yoga may be better equipped to handle stress, adversity, and change.

Aikido Bayside Melbourne:

  • The training takes place in a safe, friendly, non-competitive group environment, at a pace that is tailored to your ability. This ensures an injury-free training session that is most suitable for men, women and children of all ages.
  • The training promotes a healthy lifestyle and teaches discipline, etiquette and respect for all life.
  • We are strongly committed to maintaining the authentic, traditional ideals of the unique martial-art of Aikido as originally taught by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969).


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The Secret Science of Combat Strategy

The Secret Science of Combat Strategy book cover, written by Julius Aib

The Secret Science of Combat Strategy presents an invaluable resource for anyone interested in martial arts hoping to improve their knowledge and skills.

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