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Instructor – Ann

 

Aikido Background

Ann Reekie Sensei commenced aikido training under Saburo Takayasu Sensei and Michael Marelli Sensei in 1994 at the North Sydney Dojo. She was awarded her black belt in 1999. Soon after this, Ann began teaching as an assistant instructor at Ian Thomson Sensei’s Camperdown dojo.

Ann has traveled extensively to attend intensive aikido seminars and to be immersed in the world of aikido as a live-in student with many internationally renowned senior Sensei. She has studied with the late Morihiro Saito Sensei  9th Dan and his son Hitohiro Saito Sensei 7th Dan in Iwama, Japan. She has also studied with Ulf Evenas Sensei 7th Dan in Sweden and Patricia Hendricks Sensei 6th Dan in the USA.

Ann’s current ranking of 3rd Dan is recognized by the Aikikai Foundation (Aikido World Headquarters) in Japan. Ann is also an accredited Martial Arts Instructor through Australia’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).

Aikido is much more than a martial art for Ann.  It is a way of life which develops capacities of awareness, sensitivity, respect and nurturing.  It is great for physical exercise, balance and flexibility.  The comprehensive and complex array of techniques keeps one mentally and spiritually alert.  And it’s fun!  The magic of aikido  – a fascination and awe at how it all works – is what keeps Ann ‘hooked’.

Japanese Background

With a Japanese mother, Ann grew up creating origami, playing Japanese games and singing Japanese songs. As an adult, Ann lived in Japan studying many of the cultural arts including ikebana (flower arrangement), shuuji (calligraphy), ningyo (traditional doll-making), Sadoo (green tea ceremony) and Nihonbuyoo (Japanese traditional dance). She also has a background in music and dance. Ann draws on these combined experiences to enrich the Aikido Japanese program for children.

Professional and Educational Background

After studying electrical engineering, Ann’s first career was in finance and operations strategy. Having moved to Canberra to start a family, Ann is now pursuing her passion to teach Aikido and Japanese. She is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in Japanese and Education at the University of Canberra.  In each year 2009, 2010 and 2011, Ann was awarded a Dean’s Excellence Award.  The focus, discipline and creativity required to achieve this shines through in the unique teaching methodology and original syllabus ideas that Ann has developed for the children.