Kyu Test May 27, 2017

Sensei Gruninger has announced a Kyu Test for Saturday, May 27, 2017 with an alternate date on Tuesday May 30, 2017.

Test Fees are due May 20, 2017 along with your completed Test Form.  Be sure to identify your testing partner or notify Sensei before test day, if you need a testing partner.

Weapons Syllabus and Videos

It’s no secret that I love weapons training, an so I’m very pleased that we are re-integrating weapons techniques to our testing protocols. Kyu tests from 7th kyu on now have a required weapons technique; details are contained in the Weapons Syllabus. (This can be found with the rest of the Testing Information).

While exposure to these techniques will increase during regular classes, attendance of weapons classes will likely be necessary to apply the fine polish you will desire for your test. The added benefit will be an improvement or your overall aikido ability through a better understanding of where our tachi waza (’empty hand’) techniques originate (the sword!), ma-ai (proper distance), kamae and timing.

And it’s fun!

To further support weapons training/testing, we are creating demonstration/instruction videos for all the test techniques. The first two are now posted (links below) and the remainder will appear over the coming weeks and months.

Wishing you all joy and success with your aikido training!

Sensei Kevin

Kote Giri Kote Osae (4th Kyu)

Tanto Tandoku – Kata dai Ichi and Ni (Nidan)


Kamakuru Gashuku Invitation From Japan

Kamakuru Gashuku Invitation From Japan

Sensei Matsuo & Seiseikai invite black belts from Aiki Budo Centre to attend the annual Kamakuru Gashuku May 13th & 14th.

This is the 30th Anniversary of this Gashuku and a ceremony for those attending will be held on May 14, 2017. Many other training opportunities are available on May 15th, 17th and 21st.

If you are a black belt and are interested in attending, please advise Sensei Sheppard. The club will sponsor your entrance fee.

Friday Class Time Change

Friday Class Time Change

Sensei Therese Chow has announced a time change for Friday evening class at Aiki Budo Centre London.

Starting Friday, March 3rd, 2017 class will start at 6:30 PM. Hopefully the slightly later start time will mean that more people can attend! OSU!

ABC London Centre Closures for 2017

ABC London Centre Closures for 2017

More dates will be added, but dates for closures so far are:

  • Friday December 23rd 2016 through to Monday January 2nd, 2017 – Holiday break!
  • Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Monday, February 20, 2017, Family Day holiday
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017, Seedy Saturday event
  • Friday, April 14, 2017, Good Friday holiday
  • Monday May 22, 2017, Victoria Day holiday
  • Tuesday, June 20 through Friday, June 30 Carling Heights is closed for annual maintenance. Aikido classes will be outdoors in McMahen Park near Adelaide
  • Saturday, July 1, 2017, Canada Day holiday
  • Monday September 4, 2017, Labour Day holiday
  • Monday October 9, 2017, Thanksgiving holiday