'Steeped in many of the traditional Japanese arts, Aikido remains a living, evolving Budo, designed for the modern world. The physical aspects of Aikido, as awesome and beautiful as they can be, are only the outward manifestation of what is most importantly a real and direct way to improve the quality of our lives and those around us.'

Michael P. Williams

International Chief Instructor (retired) Michael Paul Williams

Michael Paul Williams was first attracted to Aikido while visiting New Zealand in 1974, where he attended demonstrations by Master Koichi Tohei. He was a serious student of Yoga and Wing Chun Kung Fu at that time. Returning to his homeland of South Africa, he began training with Master Jean Claude Delgueldre, Chief Instructor of Aikido in South Africa. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1978 where he continued his training with the New Zealand Ki Society. He moved to Australia in 1981, where he founded Aikido Ki Society Australia and established his first dojo at Griffith University in Brisbane. In 1985 he was appointed Chief Instructor of Australia by Master Koichi Tohei. At that time Master Koretoshi Maruyama was the Chief Instructor of Ki Society International and taught many seminars in Australia and New Zealand. He was an inspirational teacher to one and all and during this time, Williams Sensei and Maruyama Sensei formed a special bond.




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In 1989, Williams Sensei relocated to Byron Bay in northern NSW where he built 'Goshinkan Dojo'. Bordered by forest reserve, 'Goshinkan' provides a serene haven for all Australian aikidoists to train together. It was officially opened by Master Koretoshi Maruyama, President of Ki Society International, in May 1991.
Williams Sensei resigned from Ki Society International in January 2002 after a 28-year association with the organisation. At the same time he also resigned from Aikido Ki Society Australia, the group he founded in 1981. After re-establishing contact with Maruyama Sensei, Williams Sensei was requested to act as a facilitator to disseminate Aikido Yuishinkai throughout the world. There are now Aikido Yuishinkai dojos operating in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Argentina, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Italy, France, Greece, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Michael Williams Sensei had been appointed as International Chief Instructor of Aikido Yuishinkai by the Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai, Master Koretoshi Maruyama, in October 2003. In this position he acted as facilitator and provided guidance and resources with the help of Valerie Williams and Elisabeth Andel.

In December 2009 Master Koretoshi Maruyama honoured Michael Williams by presenting him with the level of 10th Dan in the art of Aikido Yuishinkai.

Michael Williams Sensei retired from all his roles of responsibility as of January 2013.

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Michael Paul Williams

International Chief Instructor Aikido Yuishinkai

Founder of Aikido Ki Society Australia, 1981

Appointed Chief Instructor of Aikido Ki Society Australia by Master Koichi Tohei, 1985

Founder Goshinkan Dojo in Byron Bay, 1991

Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai Australia and appointed Chief Instructor of Australia by Master Koretoshi Maruyama in 2002

Appointed Regional Chief Instructor Aikido Yuishinkai South Pacific Region by Master Koretoshi Maruyama , 2002

Appointed International Chief Instructor Aikido Yuishinkai by Master Koretoshi Maruyama, 2003

Received Griffith University Distinguished Service Award, 2006

Received 10th Dan by Master Koretoshi Maruyama, December 2009

For further information please contact
Michael Williams



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