Tony Smibert commenced judo in his early teens and then aikido in 1964 at age 15. He became a student of Seiichi Sugano in 1965 and remained his student until Sugano's death in 2010. Smibert assisted Sugano to establish in Aikido in Victoria then worked closely with other senior students to establish Aiki Kai Australia and the Aikido Foundation.
Tony Smibert represented Australia at the IAF from 1980 to 1984. He was then elected IAF vice-chairman, a position he then held from 1984 to 2008. In 2008 he was appointed by the current Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba to membership of the Senior Council of the IAF. Smibert currently holds the rank of 7th dan Aikikai and the teaching title of shihan from Aikido World Headquarters in Japan. He regularly teaches in Australia and Continental Europe and has also taught in Japan, South East Asia, the USA, Russia and the United Kingdom.
- Class information:
Tuesday September 27th - 15.00 to 16.00