Instructors and Bios

Tony Smibert Shihan
7th Dan Shihan
Deloraine
Tony Smibert ShihanYes, we have a Shihan in Tasmania – we keep pinching ourselves!!

Tony Sensei was one of the first Aikido students in Australia and has been one of the key people assisting Sugano Shihan to develop Aiki Kai Australia over the last 45 years. He is the National Area Representative and President of Aiki Kai Australia and, after nearly 20 years as Vice Chairman of the International Aikido Federation has now been appointed to the Superior Council.

Although he has many national and international commitments, Tony Sensei’s home is in Deloraine.  Nothing compares to training with him and we highly recommend students attend his classes whenever they can – it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

John Karas Sensei
6th Dan Shidoin
Launceston

John Sensei is our most senior “home grown” black John Karas Newbelt. He began training in Launceston with Peter Yost Sensei about 30 years ago.
John Sensei has played a pivotal role in the development of Aikido in Tasmania as our Area Representative. He moved the Launceston dojo to its current location in the Unigym at UTAS Newnham Campus, and was involved in the refurbishing of Sugano Dojo in Deloraine. He was also a key organiser for the two very successful national schools that have been run in Tasmania. He has now handed over the Area Representative position and focuses on instructing. (photo: W Young 2015)

Martin Bratzel Sensei
6th Dan Shidoin
Tasmania Area Representative
Deloraine
Martin Bratzel SenseiMartin Sensei began Aikido in Germany in 1980. He trained in Bruchsal and spent many holidays at Aikido camps in Niort and in Casteljaloux in the south of France. The main teacher there was Andre Nocqet who was one of the first westerners to seriously train with O’ Sensei in the early 50’s and later founded the European Aikido Association.
Martin Sensei moved to Japan to combine his love of traveling with his passion for Aikido. He studied Aikido in Japan for three and a half years at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo before moving to Australia in 1988.
Martin Sensei has trained with Tony Sensei in Deloraine ever since he moved to Australia.
It has always been his dream to build an Aikido Dojo on their property in Meander, Northern Tasmania, and Martin and his wife, Bodhi (see below), are now very excited and happy to have completed this ambitious project.

Andrew Ross Sensei
5th Dan Shidoin
Devonport
Andrew Ross SenseiAndrew Sensei started training in Launceston and Deloraine in 1986. He trained at every opportunity, and trained intensely with Tony Sensei for many years. He is well known for his enthusiasm and energetic approach to Aikido. Andrew Sensei is our Aikido international jetsetter – he has trained in New Zealand and Los Angeles, and has travelled to International Aikido Federation seminars in Japan, Hawaii and Taiwan and has participated in demonstrations as uke for Sugano Sensei and Tony Sensei.
Andrew Sensei is now based near Devonport.

Kaye Jenkins Sensei
5th Dan Shidoin
Hobart

Kaye Jenkins SenseiKaye Sensei started training in Adelaide in her early 20’s, discovering aikido when looking for something that could offer “more” than the world of competitive sport. She attends the National Schools and has gone to Japan on three occasions to train at hombu dojo and the International Aikido Federation seminars.

David Kubanek Sensei
4th Dan Shidoin
Launceston, Lorinna

DavidKDavid Sensei started practicing Aikido, and also Judo, in 1988 in Prague in the Czech Republic. After 7 years he stopped practicing Judo, and focussed on Aikido, grading to shodan in 1994, and achieving yon(4th)-dan in 2010.  While practicing in Europe, he was guided by many different teachers, but the most significant influence was from the Aikido Master Masatomi Ikeda Shihan. David Sensei has also trained in the USA, and the Hombu Dojo in Japan. He moved to Tasmania in January 2012, and is now teaching in several dojos, while studying in Deloraine under Tony Shihan.

Bodhi McSweeney
3rd Dan
Assistant Area Representative
Member Protection Officer
Deloraine
Bodhi McSweeneyBodhi began Aikido in 1992 and was thrilled to find the opportunity to study with Tony Sensei in her local town.
For many years she has been involved with Children’s and Introductory classes. She is an organizer of the annual Hanami picnics and has contributed to the National Aikido magazine.
Bodhi is the Assistant Area Representative for Aikido – Aiki Kai Tasmania, and she is also our state Member Protection Officer.

John Wright
3rd Dan
Hobart
John WrightJohn tried a few different sports and martial arts before he found aikido. He appreciates the natural movement of aikido and finds the art form gentler on his body.
John started training about 15 years ago and he has just kept on training!
John takes regular classes in Hobart and has an interest in developing classes for kids. He has just started taking some introductory classes at a local school.

Marion Artis
3rd Dan Fukushidoin
Dojo Representative
Hobart
Marion ArtisMarion started Aikido as a 15 year old while still in high school and has never looked back. Marion was our state secretary for a number of years and continues to act as registrar and look after the Aiki Kai Tasmania contact email aikido.tas@gmail.com. She regularly trains & instructs at the Hobart dojo and attends National Schools. In her “spare time” she works as a hospital pharmacist.
Marion is currently the dojo representative for Hobart.

Tony Neil
1st Dan
Devonport
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4 thoughts on “Instructors and Bios

  1. Geoff Kingdon

    Hi Tony,
    I live in Latrobe Tasmania,
    I am mos intested in Training in Aikido,.At moment traing with Kevin Allen i Woolgoolga N.S.W.
    Could you contact me please.
    Geoff.
    0448011258.

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    1. shimoobi Post author

      Hi Geoff,
      Many apologies for the incredibly long delay in responding – i have just finished another unit of my Masters and have not been checking the website recently.
      Of course we would love you to come and join us for training. If you are thinking of Devonport than you should be able to message or ring Tony Neil at 0417 342 355. If you cannot reach Tony then you could try Luke at 0457 7939. There is a relatively small band of regular trainees, but training does usually run as scheduled on the site. Probably worth making phone contact first just in case.
      See you soon I hope.
      Chris Jones (I train at the Launceston and Deloraine dojos)

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    1. shimoobi Post author

      Hi Geoff,
      Many apologies for the incredibly long delay in responding – i have just finished another unit of my Masters and have not been checking the website recently.
      Of course we would love you to come and join us for training. If you are thinking of Devonport than you should be able to message or ring Tony Neil at 0417 342 355. If you cannot reach Tony then you could try Luke at 0457 7939. There is a relatively small band of regular trainees, but training does usually run as scheduled on the site. Probably worth making phone contact first just in case.
      See you soon I hope.
      Chris Jones (I train at the Launceston and Deloraine dojos)

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