Dojo History

Like most martial arts schools, the West Coast Aikido Academy of Western Australia has had several locations since its establishment in July 1993.

The West Coast Aikido Academy of Western Australia began classes at the Kingsley Community Centre in the northern suburbs of Perth.

In 1994, the Academy moved to the Warwick Senior High School, only a short distance away but by late 1994 the student base had grown so large we did not have adequate space or appropriate facilities for our training. Consequently we moved our training base to the Greenwood YMCA in around February 1995 and remained there until 1999. Unfortunately, by the middle of 1999 the YMCA was in financial difficulties and we could not continue at that site. So our search began for a new location.

Late in 1999 we were able to acquire space at the nearby High Flyers Gymnastics Academy in Wangara. With its purpose-built sprung floor and plenty of room, this venue was ideal for aikido training.

However, by late 2005 the Academy’s class numbers had begun to expand and a desire to get our own purpose-built facility was calling. Fortunately we were able to acquire a lease on a property in Dellamarta Road in Wangara. The new facility provided students with a traditional dojo setting, more classes and was more conducive to aikido training.

In November 2012, the West Coast Aikido Academy relocated to its existing facility further up Dellamarta Road establishing one of the few full-time dojo’s in Perth. This facility is larger and once again provides students with more classes and more convenient times to train.