Joe Thambu,

  • 40th Anniversary Demonstration

    This year marks a very big milestone of 40 years for Yoshinkan Aikido in Australia and Aikido Shudokan and to celebrate, Aikido Shudokan will be having a demonstration featuring Aikido Shudokan students and instructors from Heidelberg, Springvale, Williamstown and Albury, and the top Yoshinkan Aikido instructors from around Australia:

  • Adults Grading 19th March 2016

    Test results from the tests held at Heidelberg and Springvale on 19th March 2016. Congratulations to those who passed their test! Osu!

  • Adults Test Results - 22nd December 2018

    Congratulations to all who graded on 22nd December 2018 at the Heidelberg dojo. The following students have been promoted:

  • Adults Test Results - 23rd February 2019

    Congratulations to all who graded on 23rd February 2019 at the Heidelberg dojo and Springvale dojo. The following students have been promoted:

  • Aiki Perspectives Seminar - June 2016

    This seminar provides a unique insight into aiki combat principles and application from 3 of Australia's top instructors. The seminar is being run in Melbourne on 4th June.

  • Belgium & Germany Aikido Seminars 2018

    Joe Thambu Shuseki Shihan will be teaching weekend seminars in Belgium and Germany in October and November. Experience his dynamic style of Aikido and be taught by one of the world's best Aikido instructors.

  • Beyond Submission with Paul Cale Sensei: Wristlocks for BJJ

    Sunday 4th August, 2 - 4pm, Aikido Shudokan Heidelberg

  • Demonstration Wrap-Up

    Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Aikido Shudokan 36th Anniversary Demonstration on Saturday 30th April!

  • In Memory of Inoue Kyoichi Hanshi

    Inoue Kyoichi Hanshi, recently passed away on 23rd December 2017, was a 10th Dan Aikido master and a model gentleman.

  • Interview With Sensei Joe Thambu

    an excerpt from an interview with Sensei Joe Thambu that was featured in our annual magazine.

  • Joe Thambu Shihan Canada Tour - June 2016

    Joe Thambu Shihan, 8th Dan, will be teaching seminars in Canada in June 2016.

  • Joe Thambu Shihan Europe Tour - May 2016

    Joe Thambu Shihan, 8th Dan, has been invited to teach in Poland and Ukraine during May 2016.

  • Joe Thambu Shihan Malaysia & Indonesia Tour - April 2016

    Joe Thambu Shihan, 8th Dan, the technical director of Aikido Shudokan worldwide, has been invited by Aikido Shudokan Malaysia and Aikido Shudokan Indonesia to conduct seminars during April 2016.

  • Joe Thambu Shuseki Shihan - Europe, May 2019

    Joe Thambu Shuseki Shihan has been invited by Vadim Cherynyk of Aikido Yoshinkan Lviv Shinkikai to teach an Aikido seminar in Lviv, Ukraine, and invited by Pawel Felisiak Kyoshi of Aikido Shudokan Poland to teach an Aikido seminar in Poland. Experience his dynamic and powerful style of Aikido and get to one of these seminars!


    11 - 12 May 2019

    Aikido Yoshinkan Lviv Shinkikai

    Vadim Chernykh,


    18 - 19 May 2019

    Aikido Shudokan Poland

    Pawel Felisiak Kyoshi,

  • Online Classes Available

    In order to provide our students with some training whilst the dojo is closed, we are now offering online classes!

  • Russia and United Kingdom Tour - April/May 2018

    Joe Thambu Shihan will be teaching his dynamic style of Aikido at weekend seminars in Russia and United Kingdom during April and May 2018. The details are as below and please contact the host dojos for further information.

  • Sensei Joe Thambu Seminar at Melbourne Budo Academy

    Melbourne Budo Academy will be hosting Sensei Joe for a seminar on 6th February. All students welcome to attend

  • Special Black Belt Training

    On 17th February Joe Sensei will be conducting a special advanced class open to Shodan and above. Due to this special training session there will be no classes at Springvale and only 10:30 Childrens class and 12:00 Adults class at Heidelberg.

  • Summer Schools 2019 - Czech Republic and UK

    Joe Thambu Shuseki Shihan has been invited by Ondra Musil Shihan of Bushukan, to teach at a Summer School in Jizierka, Czech Republic, from 13th - 21st July 2019.

  • The Shudokan

    The Aikido Shudokan was the first Yoshinkan style dojo in Australia, founded by Joe Thambu Shihan in 1980, and has schools in Heidelberg West, Springvale, Fitzroy, Williamstown and Albury, teaching men, women and children.
    The style of Aikido is a dynamic and self-defence effective system of throwing, joint-locks, strikes and pinning techniques. It emphasises practical efficiency and is the style used to train women and anti-riot teams of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. There are no tournaments and it is not classed as a sport.