Alan Roberts - Chief Instructor

6th Degree Black Belt - Aikikai

Alan Roberts began practicing Aikido in 1987. Between 1988 and 1994 he studied with Morihiro Saito, in Iwama, Japan. For the first year he lived and trained in the Iwama Dojo as an uchideshi, or residential apprentice. It was a spartan lifestyle, living communally and sharing responsibility for the daily upkeep of the Iwama Dojo, the Aiki-shrine and their grounds. It was a great adventure for an 18 year old,  providing total immersion in an Aikido lifestyle with one of the its leading teachers.

Subsequently, Roberts lived near the dojo and was able to explore other aspects of life in Japan including studying sado, the way of tea, as well as training with other direct students of Morihei Ueshiba and with Aikido friends outside of the dojo.

Roberts returned to New Zealand in 1994 and was coaxed into teaching. His enthusiasm soon took over and he had a thriving school to look after, growing by steps from a scout hall to the current full-time location in St Lukes.

Roberts holds a Sixth Dan in Aikido with the Aikikai Foundation. Additionally Roberts served an apprenticeship with Peter Ralston at the Cheng Hsin Centre in the USA and is a certified teacher. He also holds a blue belt in Brazillian Jiujitsu and was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2011.

As well as a busy teaching schedule in his dojo and around New Zealand, Roberts has a professional practice in Hellerwork Structural Integration, a system of bodywork and movement education designed to align and balance the body in gravity, improving fluidity, efficiency and grace of movement.

Roberts is committed to the study and teaching of aikido as a rewarding physical discipline that also provides opportunities to learn more about ourselves and how we relate to others and the world around us.