Leigh Dicker sensei is the Australian Director for Takumakai Aiki Jujutsu.
Dicker Sensei commenced his Martial Arts experience in 1975 in Tae Kwon Do whilst studying Architecture at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria. After a long break due to family and work commitments. He resumed his interest in the Martial Arts when having settled back in Geelong to open his own business as an Architect.
It was good fortune that the only Australian Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu Dojo was close by, hence began the journey of discovery in 1989. Dicker Sensei received Shodan in Goshu Ryu Jujutsu on the 8/12/1995 and Shodan in Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu Australia on 2/7/1997 and Nidan on the 19/11/1999.
A letter of introduction to Kawabe Sensei provided the opportunity for Dicker Sensei to travel to Japan for the first time in August 1998. Here he was able to visit and train in the various Dojo’s of Takumakai in the Osaka region. This experience had a positive and significant influence, encouraging him to pursue earnest study in the art of Daito-ryu Aki Jujutsu the Takumakai way. Dicker Sensei receivied his Nidan in Takumakai Daito-ryu whilst in Japan on the 30/03/2003. More recently Dicker sensei has achieved his Yondan (April 2012).
Return visit’s to Takumakai in Osaka have now become a regular event allowing Dicker Sensei and other Australian students to pursue study of the art of Daito-ryu Aiki Jujutsu under the guidance of Shihan Kawabe Sensei.