Instructor Michael Murray began his study of Aikido in 1987 and was soon drawn to the famous Iwama dojo in Japan to study under Morihiro Saito 9th dan. On his return to New Zealand he established the Kapaiti Coast Aikido Dojo where he taught for 10 years before relocating to the Hutt Valley. He continues his own training through his attendance of seminars and dojos around the world.