New introduction aikido course announced and starting September 25th.
Come and try the amazing martial art of Aikido!

Six Week Aikido Intro

  • 6 Mondays, 7 to 8:30pm
  • Sept. 25 to Oct. 30
  • 16 years of age and older
  • $65 Fee
  • Limited to 16 students
  • 4th degree black belt teacher
Students training
A student stands in hanmi
Bring a friend to aikido
Students train in class
Arran Sensei
Arran Sensei, 4th Dan

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Come and try the amazing martial art of Aikido! In this 9-hour introduction, you will learn how to move your body in a way that emphasises self-defence by blending with an attacker’s motion, resolving aggression in a way that creates harmony. Aikido, the "Art of Peace," is non-competitive and welcomes all who are interested.

Aikido has roots in the ancient Daito Ryu Jujutsu methods of the samurai, but the founder, Morihei Ueshiba, provided a mindset and method for dealing with everyday conflicts. In this course, you will learn the fundamental principles and techniques in this fascinating defensive system of throws, joint locks and pressure-point manipulations. As well, the course will introduce you to the concept of ukemi, the skill of receiving the technique and blending with the motion, including ways of falling and rolling to avoid injury.

Our Beginners’ Course is taught by a 4th degree black belt with over a dozen years’ teaching experience. Calgary Aikikai is the longest-running Aikido club in Calgary, established in 1980, by the late Y. Inaba Shihan (6th degree black belt).

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Calgary Aikikai Beginners’ Course Syllabus

    1. Etiquette, greetings and bows
    2. Wooden sword (bokken):
      • stance and grip
      • Strike to head (menuchi)
    3. Hanmi stance, open-handed
    4. Body movement (tai sabaki): irimi, tenkan, kaiten
    5. Using tai sabaki to avoid menuchi with bokken
    6. Basic falling backward (ushiro ukemi) without roll
    1. Review of bokken stance and grip
    2. Bokken cutting practice (suburi), solo and with partner
    3. Review of tai sabaki basics
    4. Open-handed strike to head (shomenuchi)
    5. Ushiro ukemi (without roll) review, partner pushes
    6. Shomenuchi kote gaeshi
    7. Ushiro ukemi with roll
    1. Review of tai sabaki basics
    2. Use tenkan and kaiten to avoid multiple attackers
    3. Ikkyo undo, zengo undo, shiho undo
    4. Shomenuchi review
    5. Shomenuchi ikkyo
    6. Ushiro ukemi practice
    7. Shomenunchi kote gaeshi review (using ushiro ukemi)
    1. Bokken soft-touch practice, cutting to neck
    2. Katatedori shihonage
    3. Shomenuchi ikkyo review
    4. Knee-walking (suwari waza)
    5. Forward roll (mae ukemi)
    1. Introduction to the staff (jo): stance and grips
      • Basic thrust (tsuki) and strike (menuchi)
      • Partner practice: jo awase 1 and 2
    2. Mae and ushiro ukemi practice
    3. Kosa dori tenbinage (using mae ukemi)
    4. Shomenuchi ikkyo and kote gaeshi review
    1. 6-movement bokken sequence (roku no ken)
    2. Introduction to nikkyo and sankyo basic grips
    3. Ushiro ukemi and mai ukemi practice
    4. Shomenunchi kote gaeshi practice
    5. Shomenuchi ikkyo practice
    6. Katatedori shiihonage practice
    7. Kosa dori tenbinage practice
Aikido Glossary for Beginners
Some useful terms, as used at Calgary Aikikai
(* denotes important-to-know)
*When bowing to a person at start: Onegaishimasu (on a GUY sheh MAS) “Thank you for teaching me.”
*When bowing to a person at end: Domo Arigato Gozaimashita (DOmo ari GA toe go ZAI mas) “Thank you very much.”
When arriving at the dojo in the morning: Ohayogozaimasu “Good morning”
When arriving at the the dojo in the daytime: Konichiwa “Good day”
When arriving at the dojo in the evening: Kumbanwa “Good evening”
When leaving in the daytime: Sayonara “Good-bye”
When leaving after dark: Oyasuminasai “Good night”
Ki Universal energy/ life force/ spirit/ intention
Aiki The concept of being in harmony with Ki
*Aikido The Way of Aiki
Aikikai Aikido organization
*O Sensei Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba
*Sensei Teacher
*Dojo School
Hombu Home dojo of the Aikikai Foundation, located in Tokyo, Japan
Kamiza Head place at the dojo (with photo of founder)
Awase Blending movement
Ma-ai Harmonious distance between partners
Tai Sabaki Footwork and body movement, literally: “Body management”
Ukemi Receiving the technique, falling
Zanshin Remaining spirit, focus at the finish of a technique
*Nage The person applying the technique, the “defender”
*Uke The person receiving the technique, the “attacker”