The dojo building has quite a long and distinguished history. Built in 1928 initially as the ‘Tahunanui Town Hall’. The land was gifted to the Tahunanui Town Board and A committee took the planning and building processes. The original meeting notes are available to view at the Isel Park museum. It was later used as a school and then the back rooms were utilized by a local children’s playgroup. At one time it may also have been used as an Op shop.
In 1991 -1992 Aikido started using the hall for training.
In 1993 the Nelson City Council sold the land and building to the Baumgartner/Hartman Family Trust and in the subsequent years some major renovations and upgrades were made to the hall and the surrounding area.
Over the subsequent years many other martial arts clubs have also utilized the hall for training including Judo, Hapkido and Jujitsu.
Co-Founder and Dojo Cho
I started Aikido in 1976, in Switzerland. Tada Sensei was a particularly inspiring teacher for me and I was lucky to have many amazing role models in Europe and America. In 1987, 1989 and 1992, I spent a total of five months as an uchi deshi of Saito Sensei in Iwama. I live in New Zealand, where I founded Aikido of Motueka (1987) and Nelson (1988) with my partner Martin Hartman. We’re part of Aikido Shinryukan, the New Zealand Aikikai Organisation.
I’m a mother of two grown up sons, love dancing, singing, yoga, skiing, and am the co-founder of the Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust New Zealand.
Instructor and Nelson Contact Person
Telephone: 021 069 4211
I started my journey in Aikido in 1995 at the Nelson Dojo under Senseis Martin Hartman and Tim Soar. In 1997 I had the privilege of attending Saito Sensei’s Sydney gasshuku which really opened my eyes to the world of Aikido.
I enjoy the budō and traditional Japanese aspects of Aikido and being able to test yourself and your body limits through physical training.
Since taking up the position of instructor, I have found a new focus and avenue to my Aikido and enjoy watching others learn and grow in Aikido just about as much as I enjoy practicing it myself.
Sempai 2nd Kyu – Nelson
Murray Garner started Aikido in 1989 in Wellington under David Hutchinson Sensei. After several breaks, Murray decided to take up Aikido again when he watched his daughter reach his old grade! He transitioned with the club from Takemusu to Aikikai style. Murray has been teaching the 5-8 year olds since 2017 and loves watching how young children learn discipline, persistence, confidence, and achieve!
Co-Founder and Honorary Member
I began training Aikido in Switzerland 1978 under Ikeda Sensei and studied with many of the first generation Aikikai Senseis, such as Tada, Tamura and Tissier. Iwama Style became my passion after being Uchi Deshi at the Aikido Institute of Oakland. I went to Iwama several times for longer periods to study under Saito Sensei, and kept a close relationship with him until Saito Sensei’s death. We then affiliated with Aikido Shinryukan, the NZ Aikikai Organisation.
I immigrated to New Zealand in 1987, and founded the Nelson and Motueka Dojos with Cornelia Baumgartner. I am also a Senior Leader with the Kidpower organisation.