Aiki Budo Centre is conducting Black Belts Training Review Sessions on the following dates:
Thursday, Feb 8 & Thursday, Feb 15 _______Shiho Nage & Ikkajo
Thursday, May 17 & Saturday, May 19______Irimi Nage (Shomen and Sokumen) & Nikajo
Thursday, Aug 30 & Saturday, Sept 1 _______Kotegaeshi & Sankajo
Thursday, Nov 8 & Satruday, Nov 10 _______Tenchi Nage, Hijishime & Yonkajo
Saturday sessions listed above are reserved for Black Belts only and will be held during the second hour of the adult classes (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) There will be no regular Kyu Belt instruction offered during the second class. The 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. sessions will continue as usual for all Aiki Budo Centre members.
Sendokan Aikido Dojo in Missiissauga is holding a Kagami-Biraki (New Year’s Training and Celebration) following the tradition of the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo in Japan where instructors take turns teaching basic techniques. All 150 basic techniques are taught over the course of 10 to 14 days followed by a celebration. This year Sendokan Dojo will be hosting 8 of the highest ranked Yoshinkan Aikido instructors in Canada for their final 3 days of training and celebration. Sensei Jaimie Sheppard will be one of the 8 instructors at the event scheduled for February 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
Rgistration information can be found on Sendokan Dojo website:
Sendokan Dojo Kagami-Biraki 2018
Be sure to sign-up by January 21, 2018
Registration and Waiver
Our next dojo closure is Saturday, March 3, 2018. For a full list of 2018 closures, see Aiki Budo Centre London 2018 closure dates
Aikido classes will be cancelled on the following dates either because the Centre is closed or the room is unavailable. More dates may be added; please check here for the latest information.
- Monday February 19, 2018 – Family Day holiday
- Saturday, March 3, 2018
- Friday, March 30, 2018
- Monday, May 21, 2018 – Victoria Day holiday
- Friday, June 1, 2018
- Saturday, June 2, 2018
- Wednesday, June 20, 2018
- Thursday, June 21, 2018
- Monday, September 3,2018 – Labour Day holiday
- Monday, October 8, 2018 – Thanksgiving Day holiday
- Friday, October 19, 2018
- Saturday, October 20, 2018
- Monday, October 22, 2018
Keiko Hajime or first class of the year will be taught by Sensei Ishihara on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Keiko Osame – Last practice of the year will be Saturday, December 23,2017. Sensei Sebastiao will be teaching our last class for 2017.
Mark your calendar. Our Aiki Budo Centre Year End Party will be on Saturday Dec 2nd, 9:30-12noon and takes the place of regular classes that day. All club members and their families are welcome to attend. More information to follow.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you are new to Aikido, attend weapons classes. Why? Because all Aikido techniques have a basis in weapons. If you’re new, the most critical aspect of weapons training that will impact your comfort level with Aikido is kamae. Kamae is not just the way we stand before we do a technique. It is the stance in which we are ready. Ready for whatever comes next. We are focused, and ready to act. When you stand in kamae with a bokken, your sword is drawn. You are committed to action. You mean business. But even if you don’t feel all that focused just yet, holding the weapon will alter your kamae in subtle ways. You will feel more need to put weight in your back leg in order to offset the weight that is projected from your hands. When you lift the bokken and strike, you will also need to push your weight down through your hips to maintain your balance. Maintaining your own balance while upsetting your partner’s balance is how Aikido works.
While our regular classes do include some weapons techniques, spending a full class dedicated to weapons practise will improve your comfort level enormously. You should especially do this if you find weapons forms frustratingly complicated or confusing. Even if you are not new to Aikido (black belts included!) weapons training can still improve your Aikido. It’s a chance to practice beginner’s mind. Pretend you don’t know anything and learn how to move your body differently. Your arms are now three feet longer and can no longer grasp your opponent. How do you make this work for you? Energy flows differently when you have a weapon in your hands. It comes from movement, flow and balance rather than muscle strength.
I encourage you to make a commitment. Pick a Tuesday or Saturday weapons class and commit to attending for six weeks. Try techniques with bokken, tanto and jo if you can, and most of all, practise, practise, practise!