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 45 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 is committed to sharing aikido with all who want to learn.
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.
In the forms which are the foundation of our style Colin is regarded by his peers as the greatest reflection of our origional teacher, Ron russell. In his teaching he aims for clear and accurate demonstration of our basic techniques.
Colin teaches the class dedicated to beginners and intermediate students on Wednesdays
Gavin Welsh: 2nd Dan.
Gavin started training with Kyu Shin Do Aikido in 2010. He received his 1st Dan in 2014 and his 2nd Dan in 2016
He initially assisted with children's classes.
Gavin ran a dojo in Silverdale for 2 years but after losing the preferred training night it was decided to close this dojo at the end of 2018.
Gavin has a wide experience coaching other sports such as water skiing and snow skiing.
He has shown a great willingness to contribute his time and knowledge to any student who wants to learn.
Gavin teaches the Friday adults class which will have an emphasis on weapons training.
Shivani Bhatt : 1st Dan.
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 excellent progress under her tuition.
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.
In 2019 Shivani will expand her teaching experience to include sharing the instruction of the older children and Junior Kyu Grades.
Gitanjali Bhatt : 1st Dan.
Gitanjali started training with Kyu Shin Do Aikido in 2014, initially in the children's class but she quickly progressed to adult level training.
Gitanjali has always assisted with teaching in the children's classes whenever her own studies have allowed her the time. She has been involved with teaching all age groups from 5 years old up to adults.
Gitanjali 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.
In 2019 Gitanjali has expanded her teaching experience by taking on a shared role as one of the Instructors of the Saturday morning adults 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 assisted with childrens classes during that time. Aiden recieved his 1st Dan in April 2017 and was regularly teaching the older childrens class on Mondays and Wednesdays in 2017/2018. In In 2019 Aiden is expanding his teaching experience by taking on a shared role as one of the Instructors of the Saturday morning adults class.
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.