Ray Eder 6th Dan
I started training in the martial arts in 1979 with Chidokan Karate
and this is where I first heard about Aikido. Some classes would be
dedicated to 'self defence' and we would learn different locks and throws,
which we were told were Aikido techniques.I decided to find out more
about this 'mysterious' art, and here I am 30 years down the track still
In 1982 I started Aikido with the late sensei Ron Russell and was graded by him to Shodan in 1987, Nidan in 1988, and Sandan 1993. Sensei Haydn Foster, Sensei Russell's teacher in England, graded me to Yondan in 2001 and Godan in 2006.
Following the death of Mr Foster in 2011, and having no teacher to look to, I applied to the AMAHOF Sokeship Council for a grading in 2016 which I passed in August of that year.
I have been head of the Kyu Shin Do style of Aikido in New Zealand since 1994.
My approach to teaching is to apply the principles of Aikido. I aim for a safe non threatening environment that is conducive to learning and allows people to develop their own way.
One of my favourite quotes from the founder of Aikido is 'It (Aikido) is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind.'. I try to live by this precept and it is reflected in my style of teaching.
Gail Eder 5th Dan.
Gail practised Karate from 1979 until the end of 1988 and reached the
rank of 2nd Dan. In early 1988 she began to practice Aikido as well
the end of that year committed fully to Aikido.
Having had many teachers over the years gail acknowledges 4 Aikido teachers who have been most influential in her training. They are:
- The late Ron Russell, her first teacher, who loved Aikido above everything and was a skilled and dedicated teacher.
- The late Mr. H. Foster of the Institute of Aikido, (UK), Ron's teacher and mentor who generously shared his vast reservoir of knowledge accumulated over 50 years in Aikido.
- Richard Moon, who taught that Aikido is so much more than technique and that it is OK to make mistakes.
- Her husband Ray who "walks the talk" in his daily life.
Colin Lee: 5th Dan.
Colin started training with Ron Russell Sensei at about the same time as Ray Eder and they did their Shodan grading at the same time
Colin had an extended break from training when his children were young but returned to join Kyu shin Do North Shore in 1993
Colin teaches beginners and intermediate students on Wednesdays
Gavin Welsh: 2nd Dan.
Gavin started training with Kyu Shin Do Aikido
in 2010. He recieved his 1st Dan in 2014 and his 2nd Dan in 2016
He has regularly assisted with children's classes since 2013 and has a wide experience coaching other sports.
Gavin teaches at his Silverdale Dojo on Thursdays and supports all the Instructors at Albany when called upon.
Chris Naidoo: 1st Dan.
Chris started training with Kyu Shin Do Aikido in
January 2011 and was awarded his Shodan in December 2015
Chris also holds the rank of Nidan in Karate and runs Karate classes in West Auckland
Chris teaches the Saturday class
Aiden Sinclair: 1st Dan.
Aiden started training with Kyu Shin Do Aikido in
Warkworth in 2011. He has been travelling to Albany in
order to experience more high grade training since 2015 and has been
assisting with childrens classes during that time. Aiden recieved his 1st Dan in
April 2017 and is now regularly teaching the older childrens class
on Mondays and Wednesdays. Aiden is one of our youth leaders and in
2016 he received a Youth Recognition Award from the Institute of
Aikido New Zealand in recognition of his contribution to the clubs
he trains with.
Shivani Bhatt : 1st Kyu.
Shivani started training with Kyu Shin Do Aikido in
2014, initially in the childrens class but she quickly progressed to
adult level training. Shivani assisted with the teaching in the
childrens classes in 2016 and took over teaching the youngest
children (5 -7 years) at the beginning of 2018. She has demonstrated
considerable talent for working with this group of children and
they have made good progress under her tuition. Shivani also trains
regularly at Kyu Shin Do Hibiscus Coast. Shivani is one of
our youth leaders and in 2016 she received a Youth Recognition Award
from the Institute of Aikido New Zealand in recognition of her
contribution to the clubs she trains with.