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.
We are excited to once again welcome back K. Igarashi Sensei of Tokyo, Japan. This annual event will take place from January 30th to February 1, 2015. Please come train and learn with this master sensei who has been teaching aikido to adults and children for the last 41 years. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you on the mat.
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.
Calgary Aikikai would like to congratulate both Robert Kubo Sensei on his recent 8th Dan promotion and Hiroaki Kobayashi Sensei on his 7th dan promotion. Thank you senseis for your tireless dedication and promotion of aikido worldwide.
The dojo will be closed starting December 20th with the first practice of the New Year on Monday January 5th. Kagami Baraki ( our New Year celebration pot luck with rice pounding) will be on Saturday, January 24th quickly followed by Igarashi Sensei’s seminar on the weekend of January 30 to February 1st. Registration is open.
We wish everyone a happy holiday and look forward to seeing you back in the dojo in the new year.