Aikido is a highly refined martial art, developed this century as a means of self-defence and spiritual training. Aikido develops coordination of mind, body and spirit, and through its philosophy and techniques brings us into harmony with our environment, other people, and ultimately ourselves. Unlike many martial arts Aikido requires no advantage in strength or speed. It is practised around the World by women and men of all ages and abilities, and is one of the few martial arts to emphasise protection against multiple attackers coming from many directions. Aikido teaches how to remain calm and centred in all situations, and confidently neutralises aggression with minimum effort.
Dave Matthews is the owner and instructor of Aikido Port Kennedy in Western Australia. He began his aikido career in 1992 studying Yoshinkan aikido in Tokyo for 12 months. Upon returning to Australia in 1993 he started studying Aikido Kokikai (Shuji Maruyama Sensei) under the tutelage of Shuji Ozeki Sensei at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
In 2003 he and his family relocated to Perth and in 2007 he joined the newly formed Aikido Yuishinkai organisation under Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei and Michael Williams Sensei. Upon Williams Sensei's resignation as chief international instructor of Aikido Yuishinkai in 2013, Dave remained with him under the umbrella of Aikido Goshinkai based in Byron Bay NSW.