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Lael McAvoy Sensei

Lael Sensei began her Aikido journey at the Heathmont dojo in 1998 and was awarded the rank of Shodan in June 2001 after an intensive period of training. She was awarded the rank of 2nd dan in 2003, and 3rd dan in 2008. In April 2014, she was tested to 4th Dan by Inoue Kyoichi Kancho (10th Dan).

Lael Sensei considers it nothing less than a privilege being taught by the pioneer of Yoshinkan Aikido in Australia, Joe Thambu Shihan as well as many visiting teachers such as Inoue Kyoichi (10th dan), Chida Tsutomu (8th dan), Takeno Takafumi (9th dan) and Mustard Sensei (7th dan).

She has a wealth of teaching experience and initially began teaching at the Aikido Shudokan Oakleigh dojo in 2003, then the main dojo in Thornbury in 2004. In 2010, she joined the Aikido Shudokan City dojo as an instructor and continues to spread the art that she loves and to inspire the next generation of Aikido practitioners.