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.
I practised Karate from 1979 until the end of 1988 and reached the
rank of 2nd Dan. In early 1988 I began to practice Aikido as well. By
the end of that year it was clear to me that Aikido was the path I should
I have had many teachers over the years but the 4 Aikido teachers who have been most influential in my training are:
- The late Ron Russell
- my first teacher, 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 me that Aikido is so much more than technique and that it is OK to make mistakes.
- My husband Ray
- who has many more years Aikido experience than I and who "walks the talk" in his daily life.
My ideas in presenting an Aikido class are first that it should be safe and fun for everyone involved. My quest in teaching, learning and my day to day life is to find better ways of smoothing the paths of human interaction.
Colin Lee: 4th Dan.
Colin started training with Ron Russell Sensei at about the same time as Ray Eder and they did thei 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 the low grade class 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
Chris Shaw 1st Dan.
Chris started training with Ron Russell Sensei in the late 1980's.
After a long spell away from Aikido he began training with Kyu Shin Do Aikido in around 2000 and recieved his 1st Dan in 2005
Chris began teaching the intermediate childrens class in 2017.
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