DEFENCE MODE: Sensei Mark Albrecht, Samantha Joiner and Carl Albrecht display defensive Aikido moves.
DEFENCE MODE: Sensei Mark Albrecht, Samantha Joiner and Carl Albrecht display defensive Aikido moves. Daniel McKenzie

Martial arts brought in from the cold after funding boost

NOT-for-profit group, The Aikido Community Tweed Heads has been provided with a fighting chance after receiving a big boost on Thursday.

The group, which has a permanent Dojo set up at South Tweed Sports Club, received a $2000 Sport and Recreation grant from Tweed MP Geoff Provest, which president Steve Renouf said would go a long way to securing the group’s future.

“We’ve had community events to raise money, which is our only income aside from door takings and not only are we not-for-profit, some have had to put their own money in,” Mr Renouf said.

“We have senseis who travel from Byron Bay and beyond who we pay, so we need funds for that and for rent at South Tweed Sports Club.

“This is the first year we’ve been in the black and the $2000 will make things a lot easier for us.”

The group caters to 20-plus students of different levels across three sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and Renouf said the money would also help cover the costs of essential equipment.

The martial art form of Aikido, which is all about defence, is growing in Australia with students looking to build confidence, respect and discipline.

For more info visit them online.

  • Aikido Community Tweed Heads
  • Where: South Tweed Sports
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm-8.30pm and Saturdays 10.15am- 12.15pm.
  • Contact: Steve Renouf 0400 704 100


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