8th Dan Aikido

In 1972, Joe Thambu Shihan began his Aikido training at the age of 11, under the tutelage of his Uncle, Thamby Rajah Sensei, the father of Aikido in Malaysia. As a teenager, Thambu Shihan studied some Kendo and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo. In 1978, Thambu Shihan tested for his Shodan and soon after at the age of nineteen, he travelled to Australia where he began training in Aiki-Kai, whilst studying at university. After deciding he was unsuited to this, Thambu Shihan took up Ju-jitsu before beginning the first Yoshinkan Aikido dojo in Melbourne, Australia.

SJM16th Dan Aikido

Jon Marshall Sensei’s career in Aikido began in 1985 at the age of 10, under the guidance of Joe Thambu Shihan at Aikido Shudokan in Melbourne. In 1990, he tested and received his first dan at the age of 15 and in 1994 he tested and received his second dan from Mori Michiharu Shihan. In 1996, Jon Marshall Sensei moved to Japan to further his study of Aikido at the Yoshinkan Aikido Hombu (HQ) in Tokyo, Japan.

Elio15th Dan AIkido

Elio Sanciolo Sensei began his aikido training in January 1994 at the Aikido Shudokan, in Melbourne. In 1995, he tested and achieved his first dan and in 1999; he tested for his second dan by Terada Kiyoyuki Hanshi. In 2003, he tested and was awarded his third dan by Inoue Kyoichi Kancho and in 2008; he tested and was promoted to the level of fourth dan by Shioda Yasuhisa Sensei.