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Aikido Academy


5 Andrew Avenue, Palmerston North

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday: 6:30pm–8pm
  • Thursday: 6:30pm–8pm
  • Closed on Public Holidays

Training facility for teaching of Aikido in Palmerston North. The club is run by Peter Thorpe and Graeme Read, who were trained by the late Sensei Steve Shaw (member of NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame who taught Aikido in NZ since moving from England in 1973). We train twice a week and focus on being a friendly, laid back club, and are very welcoming to new members as we feel this is a great way to instill more self confidence in all that take part. Unlike a lot of other martial arts, Aikido is not reliant on physical strength - it more focuses on techniques that can be used by everyone that learns it. This also makes it particularly useful for women as they can use their opponents strength to their own advantage. Feel free to come down and watch, or even give it a go - the first lesson is free.

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