Our children’s classes are for ages 6 and up. Kids 12 and older may start aikido in the adult class, depending on their maturity level. Emphasis is on good discipline and healthy attitude while enjoying a fun and rigorous practice. Drop by any of our children’s classes to watch or participate.
Aikido for adults
Our adult classes focus on proper technique and mental focus as well as overall fitness and flexibility. Calgary Aikikai welcomes persons of any age, gender or ability. New students may come and watch any class, and may also participate in up to four classes free of charge to see how they like it.
Since 1980, Calgary Aikikai has trained hundreds of students in this martial art that is both a practical self-defence and form of creative movement. We believe that the best way to learn is through enjoyable and spirited practice, with an emphasis on traditional techniques.
Our friends at BigRock Aikikai will be hosting an aikido seminar on November 8th & 9th with Fran Turner Sensei, sixth dan and chief instructor at the Aikido Shugyo Dojo of Toronto. Further information about this exciting event can be found on BigRock Aikikai’s website.
A reminder to all members that we will be having kyu testing on Saturday, November 1st. If you wish to test, please assess the number of days you have practiced since your last test and speak with one of the senseis about testing. The Pre-test occurs on Monday, October 20th. Train hard and good luck.
Here is some more great footage of Shirakawa Ryuji sensei showing clear bokken and hand techniques. It will be great to see and learn from this young Sensei in our upcoming aikido seminar the weekend of the September 12 to 14th.
Welcome back kids! We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to another great season of fun, games, and training in aikido. We’ll be back this Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:45pm. See you on the mat!
Here’s a great example of a nice and clear aikido demonstration that Andrew Sensei found by Ryuji Shirakawa Sensei of Sendai, Japan. In Andrew’s words:
Watch and learn. Look at the posture. No bending at the waist … the whole body leans with a straight line between ankle hip and head. Balance/Center is controlled from the point of contact. Nice zanshin (follow through/focus) at the end.
Ryuji Sensei will be teaching a seminar at Calgary Aikikai this September 12-14th. For more details or to register visit our aikido seminar page.