We welcome anyone to join us in classes of Aikido and Shinkido. Whether you are an absolute beginner or someone with many years of Aikido practice.
If you are keen and wanting to start, or further, your knowledge of Aikido, you are welcome.
Peter Bussell Sensei
Our Chief Instructor, Peter Bussell Sensei, has been studying and teaching Aikido since 1965.
The origins of Ryurei Aikido go back to March 1965 when the founder, Peter Bussell, started his study of Aikido at the Yoshinkai School of Aikido in New Zealand. His original teacher was David Lynch Sensei, who brought Aikido to New Zealand when he returned from Japan, where he had been an ushideshi with Kancho Shioda Gozo at the Yoshinkan headquarters in Tokyo. Bussell Sensei later was able to undertake further Aikido study in Japan.
After some ten years of study within the Yoshinkai he was introduced to Koichi Tohei Sensei of the Ki No Kenkyukai (Ki Society) and Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, by David Lynch Sensei.
Bussell also took instruction from several Aikikai Sensei over the years. He is very familiar with the three main school’s of Aikido techniques and philosophies. Bussell feels very privileged to have had such wonderful opportunities to have instruction from many of the most highly qualified Aikido teachers in the world.
After having taken classes with Tohei Sensei, Bussell made a total re-evaluation of his interpretation of Aikido and what it meant to him. No, he did not discard what he had learned up until that point, but simply added to it. Some time prior to meeting Tohei Sensei he had started his own Aikido School after his original sensei left New Zealand to live in Japan.
Bussell Sensei teaching a class – Bokken
Kitchener – Waterloo Ki Society Seminar
After studying with Tohei Sensei, the foundations of Ryurei Aikido began to form. However, it was not until his move to Canada in 1977 and his break from the Ki No Kenkyukai in the early 1980′s that the name and fundamental principles for Ryurei Aikido were chosen and shaped.
The name “Ryurei” translates as – elegant fluid movement. This combined with the minimal use of muscular strength in the execution of technique epitomises the founder’s desired chacteristics of Ryurei Aikido’s interpretation of Aikido.
With Bussell Sensei’s diverse exposure to many teachers and styles of this magnificent art it should be no surprise that Ryurei Aikido is a totally independent aikido school. Although Bussell Sensei does maintain good relations with all the above three schools of Aikido.
Jennifer Sensei helping Troy with Ukemi
However, the techniques are founded on Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido’s Ki Principles and also the teachings of the Yoshinkai and Aikikai schools. Bussell Sensei enjoys good relations with all the above Japanese schools without formal association with any. Ryurei Aikido is well established in the City of Ottawa, and offers regular classes to anyone with a sincere interest in truly learning the physical and philosophical intrigues of this form of Budo.
All students have a choice of how often they wish to practice each week.
All sessions are of 2 hours. Generally an hour studying Shinkido and an hour of studying Aikido.
We do not teach “just” Aikido, anyone wishing to study Aikido must also study Shinkido. However, if a student wishes to “just” study Shinkido, they are welcome to do so.
Our classes are mostly structured for all comers, from the beginner to the most experienced of practioners.
However, we do have some classes exclusively for experienced aikidoka.
Here we delve into more advanced concepts of Ki study, (advanced Shinkido) advanced Aikido and weapons techniques.
Ryurei Aikido also offers Shinkido Seminars to the general public as well as to aikidoka from any school with an interest, and to specialized groups such as Holistic Health Therapists, students of yoga and chi gong, etc.
For students with special needs, (physical needs) we are willing to assess each individual and will try to accommodate them.
Please call and inquire if this situation relates to you.
We also offer courses of training in the art of Shinki-Ryoho a form of therapeutic Ki Massage which is of interest to many people who follow different energy therapies such as, Qigong, Shiatsu, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Chi Nei Tsang, and many others.