Founded by our Chief Instructor Higgs sensei in 2004 at another location in central Brisbane on a visit here from Japan, it morphed into its location at Coorparoo in 2012 as a purpose built full-time aikido training dojo. When the building was sold in 2021 we move to our current location.
Tomiki Kenji, the founder of our school of aikido came to Australia in 1977 with his wife Fusae and assistant Shishida Fumiaki and at that time promoted our chief instructor Higgs sensei to 2nd dan and also suggested he come and study aikido in Japan. Higgs sensei attained that in 1979 just after Tomiki sensei died and stayed there until 2006 training at the Shodokan dojo under Nariyama Tetsuro shihan before returning to Australia. While in Japan our chief instructor attained many Sporting awards including being an All Japan kata champion in 1983 and 1985.
Our dojo retains its links to both Shodokan Honbu in Osaka and the original JAA in Tokyo. Brisbane Budokwai is an Affiliate Club member of the Oceania Aikido Kyougi Renmei a.k.a. Sport Aikido Australia , our regional peak body, which is also a founding member of the recently formed Worlwide Sports Aikido Federation, our world body for the competitive sport of Aikido. Our Chief Instructor Higgs sensei is a permanent director on the board of both peak organisations. We also maintain relations with all the sport aikido regional associations throughout the world.
Tomiki Kenji, founder