Ralph Pettman Sensei

Ralph Pettman's Book

GOING FOR A WALK IN THE WORLD: The Experience of Aikido
By Ralph Pettman

Ralph Pettman Sensei is one of the founding members of AKI in Canberra, Australia. He later moved to New Zealand and is Chief Instructor of AKI NZ. He currently lives in Melbourne where he teaches world politics and aikido. An aikidoka since 1969, he is a 6th Dan in Aikido. He originally trained for fourteen years in the Aikikai style. More recently he has trained in the style of Yoshinobu Takeda, a leading student of Yamaguchi-sensei (who was an instructor at the Honbu and the proponent of a movement-oriented, collaborationist training method with a deeply spiritual rationale).

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Other Essays

For more essays by Ralph, please refer to Ralph's website, where you can find six essays:

  • Aikido, A Biography
  • Aikido and Enlightenment
  • Takeda-Sensei on Grading
  • Teaching Aikido. Take That, You Swine
  • Training with Takeda Sensei
  • Yamaguchi Seigo