Sunday 9 July - Friday 14 July 2023
After a three year break due to Covid we are finally pleased to announce Winter School is back in business!
The national schools were always a priority with Sugano Shihan as they provided a level of training that couldn't be replicated in the dojo which is why he made them a prerequisite for dan grades. He would often say a week of national training was worth at least two years of dojo training, but it offered more than dojo training ever could. Firstly, it is the opportunity to train with a wide variety of people such as; mixed ages, body sizes and grades. All these contribute to working with a wide gamut of training partners on a large mat space where your study of Aikido can excel. Perhaps the most pertinent aspect is being in the 'zone' for an extended period of time. At a dojo you get an hour or 1.5 hours and then other life stuff crowds in. At a national school you have hours of unbroken concentration on movement, technique, musubi, where your mind and body continuously build on the collective experience of what has just passed. Nothing in a dojo can match this level of experience.
Please note, everyone is required to register before the event to save volunteer administration time and hassles when we should all be on the mat training!
Accommodation and meals
College rooms are provided, with shared facilities and a great common room for social evening activities. Accommodation fees include three meals per day. There are no cooking facilities on site. Day attendees may book lunch meals at the venue and family and friends are invited to the Thursday night party - both need to be booked in advance by 30 June 2023.
Either complete the online registration form with payment, or tick the EFT box to advise payment will be sent via bank transfer. Online payment is made via PayPal. if you don't have a PayPal account choose the credit card payment option (turn off the request for a PP account option if it appears.).
We will be unable to accept registration for accommodation and meals after 30 June.
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We use a sliding scale for training fees based how much travel is required to attend the event.
The registration desk for interstate and international students will be set up on Saturday 8 July from 2–5 pm in Kevin Fagan House. Please advise if you anticipate arriving early or late.
This timetable is only an indication of anticipated training times, these may change at the actual event, please check regularly.
Transport to/from Riverview
Public transport from the airport to Riverview involves a train (T8 airport link) to Wynyard Station and buses (292 & 254). The closest stop to the venue is Riverview Stop ID 2066168, Riverview St before Loyola Drive. The following website outlines your travel options in detail at your time of travel: https://transportnsw.info/trip . A taxi or Uber from the airport to Riverview is approx. $60-90, depending on the time of day and traffic conditions.
View a Google Map of the location.
Ben Lippmeier, Event Registrar