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Setsudo Dojo Sensei's - (Tasmania)

Head Dojo Instructor
Tony Deckers Sensei
Ki Aikido Instructor
Lecturer in Ki Development and Qualified Examiner

I began my training in the early 90's with my sensei Patrick Pollini (a Frenchman). He was a wonderful teacher with an incredible grasp of the art. I was so taken in by aikido I moved my life in a whole new direction.

In 1995 my sensei's could no longer stay, and I was invited to take over and continue teaching. This was a turning point in my life, and something I am very grateful for. It had placed me in a position to really find out what aikido had taught me. With the help and instruction of some senior instructors in Brisbane, I managed to keep our dojo open.

Regular practice and training of aikido principles is 'a way' that we can learn to better understand others by understanding ourselves. Our training mirrors life, and life mirrors training, by understanding one, you come to understand the other!

I know that all who study aikido will gain benefit in so many ways. It is an art which certainly allows you to see and live your life in a whole new and exciting way.

In peace and wisdom.


Connor Deckers Sensei
2nd Dan - Dojo Instructor
Assistant Lecturer in Ki Development

I was born in Caboolture - Queensland in 1995.

Since I could crawl and walk, I've been in and around the dojo. My father first started running toddlers classes when I was 5 years old, and I have been training in Aikido ever since.

I've always been home-schooled, which has allowed me to become involved with many training programs and seminars that have been conducted over the years. Many were with schools, mainly years 8 to 10, but in recent years I have also assisted in a 10 week program for 30 boys from years 4 and 5.

I have always enjoy all aspects Aikido has to offer for me, and now I am assisting and teaching classes. As a discipline, Aikido is unique in as much that it's not just about showing up and training, but it also allows the aspects shown in class to be carried and practiced in daily life.

I graded for my Shodan (black belt) at 14, in June 2009, and then my Nidan (2nd Dan) in September 2011. I have truly enjoyed myself and look forward to what the future brings.

Best wishes to everyone and I look forward to training with you some day.

Kindest regards
Connor Deckers

Caitlyn Deckers Sensei
1st Dan - Assistant Instructor

I was born in Caboolture - Queensland in 1997.

Like my brother, I've been in and around the dojo all my life. First starting in the toddlers classes from when I was 3 years old.

Being also home-schooled, I have always been involved in one aspect or another of aikido, especially having a father who teaches it. I have always loved all that aikido has taught me, and in the past few years I have been more involved with assisting in the kids and junior adult's classes. Over the years I have met some wonderful people, which is why I enjoy assisting during classes so much.

Aikido has taught me many things, but most of all it has given me self confidence and self esteem.

In December 2011 I achieved my black belt at the age of 14 years old; the youngest person in our dojo to have achieved such an honour.

With our move to Tasmania I am looking forward to all the new changes this move brings with it and the opportunity to work and train with children.

Best wishes to everyone and I look forward to training with you some day.

Kindest regards
Caitlyn Deckers

Osu Dojo Sensei's - ( Caboolture PCYC Queensland )

Head Dojo Instructor
Darin Sneesby Sensei
Ki Aikido Instructor
Assistant Lecturer in Ki Development

I was born in 1969 and Brisbane has always been my home. I have lived in many areas in and around Brisbane but Burpengary is the place I have chosen to call home. Family time is precious to me and I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family in the wonderful outdoors that Queensland has to offer. Four wheel driving or trips to the beach would be a couple of my favorites.

Most of my life has been dedicated to the Security Industry. In my position things can happen quickly from one moment to the next and I never really quite know what each new day brings, and over the years I have been fortunate enough to have been involved with so many of the different aspects my job offers.

One of the major component of what I do has been spent dealing with conflict – most of it physical. Due to the nature of my job, I have always had a keen interest in the martial arts on how they could improve and expand my way of life and something that could also benefit me at work at the same time.

I then discovered Aikido. Wow… it was an art like nothing I could have imagined. There were many aspect of its teaching and philosophy that I already believed but just really didn’t know it. Training then made me realized I could study it at a much deeper level through its graceful and blending movements of the techniques. All the movements I learn have applications and principles to daily life. There was so much more to this art than first meets the eye. My training offered me insights into how to live my daily life more focused, energetic, calmer and happier than I can ever remember.

It’s teaching have allowed me to understand other people better, gave me insights into seeing the other person’s point of view. The more I immersed myself into the art the more the art become immersed into my daily life. I learnt that everything we do in our lives revolves around energy, both physical and mental, and many times without even knowing it I spent more times opposing it rather than realizing I could have actually been in harmony with it.

Aikido is the art of peace and harmony.

Through the understanding of the movements and well as the application of the principles, aikido has brought me to a new level of thinking and living, something I will always be grateful for to all the wonderful teacher of this beautiful art. I am very lucky to have a sensei who is dedicated in teaching us as many aspects of the art that allows us to practice this in our daily life.

Aikido has given me the tools to create the life I have always dreamt of, not just for me but for all of my wonderful family.

Tracey Sneesby Sensei
Lecturer in Ki

After many years living in and around Brisbane, and in 2005 we made Burpengary our home.

Born in Redcliffe in 1968, I enjoyed a childhood of carefree afternoons at the beach, and I wanted to give my family that same relaxed lifestyle during their formative years.

Kids these days seem to be much ‘smarter’ and ‘rougher’ than I remember. Unfortunately, our family experienced the receiving end of poorly managed school yard behaviour, and so, my parental conflict began. I wanted to teach my children how to defend themselves safely without them being retaliatory and violent? How can I teach my children to adapt more easily to today’s pressures?

At first I thought that martial arts would more than likely lead them only into more violence, so my initial reaction was not to pursue it. For we have always brought our children up to ‘think’ about the consequences of their actions. Then after further investigation my husband introduced Aikido to me. Wow! Here was a martial art that taught how to resolve situations of conflict peacefully as well as how to avoid them. Aikido really is a martial art for everyone – myself included. Through my training I quickly realised that the principles of aikido were an extension of what I wanted for my life, my family. Everything I was taught could be easily integrated into my daily life.

With my children it started with their posture and attitude and then quickly learning how their mind affects their body. When the mind is focused correctly, the body is truly strong. Through exercises the children quickly learn to understand these basic principles, which bolsters their self-confidence and self-esteem. Calm, focused, confident kids do make better choices.

Learning and practising the skills of aikido has had amazing effects on our family dynamics. My children are more focused at school, more relaxed in life, and me – well, I’m ‘living the dream’.