A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
The Teaching Team
Gail practised Karate from 1979 until the end of 1988. was awarded her Shodan in 1982 and Nidan in 1985. She represented New Zealand at APUKO championships in 1985 and 1987.
In early 1988 she began to practice Aikido as well. By the end of that year it was clear that Aikido was what she wanted to focus on.
Gail was awarded her aikido Shodan by Ron Russell in 1992 and Hadyn Foster Sensei awarded her Nidan in 1995, Sandan in 1999 and Yondan in 2007. In 2016 she received her 5th Dan from the Directors of the Institute of Aikido UK
Gail has had had many teachers over the years but there are 4 Aikido teachers who have been most influential in her training. They are:
- The late Ron Russell, her first teacher, who loved Aikido above everything and was a skilled and dedicated teacher.
- The late Mr. H. Foster, Chief Instructor of the Institute of Aikido (UK) who was Ron's teacher and mentor. Through visits to New Zealand and Summer School in the UK he shared his vast reservoir of knowledge accumulated over 50 years in Aikido.
- Richard Moon who she credits with teaching her that Aikido is so much more than technique.
- And her husband Ray who "walks the talk" in his daily life.
Gail's ideas in presenting an Aikido class are first that it should be safe and fun for everyone involved. Her quest in teaching, learning and day to day life is to find better ways of smoothing the paths of human interaction.
Gail was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame in November 2013
Ray Eder, 6th Dan, Instructors Board director, Institute of Aikido N.Z.
Ray is the head of the Institute of aikido New Zealand, the organisation to which our club is affiliated.
He is also the Chief Instructor at Kyu Shin Do Aikido (North Shore), our parent club in Albany.
Ray has supported the Warkworth Aikido Club since it first started with the Albany club providing funding for mats and support for teaching, gradings and demonstrations.
Ray started Aikido training in 1982 with the late sensei Ron Russell who awarded Ray his Shodan in 1987,Nidan in 1988, and Sandan 1993. Haydn Foster Sensei who was Russell Sensei's teacher in England, graded Ray to Yondan in 2001 and Godan in 2006.
Ray has been head of the Kyu Shin Do style of Aikido in New Zealand since 1994. His approach to teaching is to apply the principles of Aikido aiming for a safe non threatening environment that is conducive to learning and allowing people to develop their own way. One of his favourite quotes from the founder of Aikido is 'It (Aikido) is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind.'. He tries to live by this precept and it is reflected in his style of teaching.
Ray was inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame in August 2013 in the category 'Instructor of the year - Aikido"
He was promoted to 6th Dan by the Sokeship Council of AMAHOF in August 2016.