Head Dojo Instructor
Murray Loader (7th Dan)
Murray studied Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, a form of Okinawan Karate, for seven years in New Zealand. This was fairly intensive training – six times a week, with often two classes a day. Whilst in NZ he visited a 4th Dan in Aikido who had returned from studying in Japan and who had set up a dojo in Auckland. Murray was very impressed by the technical, and particularly the mental, aspects of Aikido, and he decided that if he were to ever do another martial art it would be Aikido.
After moving to Brisbane, in 1988 he started studying Shinshin Toitsu Aikido (Ki Society) under Wayne Murray Driver, as there was no dojo of his style of Karate available. An additional impetus was that learning the spiritual side to Karate was difficult outside Japan as few instructors had been taught it, whilst Aikido seemed to live and breathe it. Wayne was a gifted instructor and provided Murray with a solid foundation in both ki understanding and technique.
Since then Murray has studied and taught at the Spring Hill and Cleveland dojos, and is now resident and teaching in Canberra.
Murray attended several seminars with Maruyama Sensei while Sensei was still in Ki Society. For Murray, Maruyama Sensei formed the very model of what students should aspire to. At this point Sensei resigned from Ki Society and entered a temple for extended study. Whilst a major blow, this also meant Australian students were exposed to a series of excellent teachers such as Reed, Kataoka, Nonaka and Tamura Senseis.
Tamura Sensei (9th Dan) in particular had a very strong influence on Murray. His blend of a strong martial component and advanced understanding and use of ki and the hidden-in-plain-sight Principles of Ueshiba Sensei perfectly suited Murray’s own inclinations. Tamura Sensei’s dojos were a living example of a how to live a life with ki, and were simultaneously skilful, joyful, tolerant, committed and serious. Advice and guidance from Tamura Sensei and also from Kataoka Sensei (8th Dan) played the major part in Murray’s development.
Due to his strong connection with Tamura Sensei Murray did not immediately join Yuishinkai when it formed. However, after Tamura Sensei’s untimely passing Murray was welcomed into the Yuishinkai community. Aikido Yuishinkai was formed by Maruyama Koretoshi, an uchideshi (inner student) of Ueshiba Morihei, the founder of Aikido. Aikido Yuishinkai is Maruyama Sensei’s explanation of the hidden-in-plain-sight Aikido that Ueshiba Sensei performed, and he was told by Ueshiba Sensei (and also by Tohei Sensei) that he had fully understood it. This has proved a revelation and has utterly transformed Murray’s understanding and training.
In addition to Aikido, Murray also studies a traditional Kenjutsu ryu, a style formed in the early 1600s with roots in an even older style from the 1400s. The style includes full study of Jo, Sword, Short Sword, Kusarigama, Jitte, and Tanjo; however, the Canberra Study Group focuses on sword/short sword/tanjo for the moment.