Aikido Nelson

Aikido’s History

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as “the Way of unifying (with) life energy” or as “the Way of harmonious spirit.” Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) “leads” the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.


If you would like to know more, the best way is to come along and join in or watch one of our classes! Our instructors would be happy to discuss and demonstrate Aikido or our style with you.

The Nelson and Motueka Dojo History

Cornelia Baumgartner  and Martin Hartman (both 5. Dan) began training Aikido in Switzerland in 1975 respectively 1978 under Ikeda Sensei and studied with many of the first generation Senseis, such as Tada, Tamura, Tissier and Saito.

After moving to New Zealand they founded the Nelson and Motueka Dojo and have since taught hundreds of juniors and beginners, and trained many 1. Dan students (black belts).
In 2012 Aikido Nelson and Motueka joined  Aikido Shinryukan, the Aikikai Organization of New Zealand

“The dojo is a place where everybody enjoys Aikido”

The dojos in Nelson and Motueka welcome all newcomers, or visitors from any style!

The following video shows some of our style and training:

Please note that the video is slightly out of date (: