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.
Congratulations go out to Atsuko Boyd and Julian Hong for being awarded the rank of shodan and to Takashi Kobayashi and Oscar Martinez for achieving the rank of sandan. Your dedication and discipline were visible to all.
Our thanks go out Igarashi Sensei for coming to see us last month. We always have a lot to think about after he visits. Thank you sensei.
We’d also like to thank all the people that participated in the seminar. Without the support of these individuals we wouldn’t be able to host such excellent opportunities to learn from such great teachers. It also helps that you’re all awesome!
Above you’ll find some of photographs of the event taken by our resident photographers Andrew Barron and Chris Hayward.
Next Saturday, January 24th, is our 2015 Kagami Biraki celebration. Adults and children will be together in the Fellowship Hall for this occasion. This event will start with a children’s demonstration followed by our yudansha candidates Takashi and Oscar demonstrating 36 vs 36, and then Julian and Atsuko demonstrating some hand techniques. Afterwards we will enjoy some rice/mochi pounding and a potluck. Members are encouraged to bring some food or drink to share. All are welcome.
Kagami Biraki (鏡開き) is a Japanese traditional ceremony which literally translates to “Opening the Mirror” (from an abstinence) or, also, “Breaking of the Mochi.