Past and future events

Congratulations John!

On June 25, John passed his Nidan test with Osawa Sensei at the CAF Summer Camp in Toronto. Esteban helped out as uke. Congratulations John! Some pictures from camp can be seen below. Thanks to Shugyo Dojo for the permission to use these photos.

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The Newfoundland and Nova Scotia contingents (minus Jolanta) with Osawa Sensei.

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John in action.

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Jolanta with Nakamura Sensei.

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Esteban working on kokyu dosa.

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Antonina in action.

Congratulations Tak, Matt and Haakon!

Our seminar with Yumi Nakamura Sensei and Fran Turner Sensei was a big success with some fantastic teaching. A big thanks to these two wonderful teachers. Also thanks to the Aikido Institute of Newfoundland and Fudoshin Aikikai for their strong support (see seminar picture below for those who where there on Saturday afternoon). Finally congratulations to Tak Mori, Haakon Webber-Windsor and Matt Middleton who respectively did very nice tests for shodan, 1st kyu and 2nd kyu. Good work everyone!

Saturday afternoon at the seminar. Photo credit: Matt Middleton.

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From left to right: Ivan, Fran Sensei, Yumi Sensei and Chin Sensi. Photo credit: Colette Phillips

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Fran Sensei teaching with Esteban as uke. Photo credit: Colette Phillips

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Yumi Sensei teaching with Esteban as uke. Photo credit: Colette Phillips

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Matt testing with Haakon as uke. Photo credit: Colette Phillips

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Haakon testing with John as uke. Photo credit: Colette Phillips

Spring Introduction to Aikido

In May we will have a two-week, four-class Introduction to Aikido. It will introduce the foundations of Aikido including throws, locks, controls, pins, break falls and weapons techniques as well as the more fundamental principles of posture, distance, timing, movement and harmonization.

This is designed for beginners. Experience with Aikido or any other martial art is neither expected nor necessary. All are welcome and you do not have to be a MUN student!

Registration and the first class will be on Tuesday, May 12. Registration will start at 7:15pm and then class will begin at 7:30pm. The cost is $40 and if you decide to continue with the club as a member this money will be discounted from your full membership cost. Please note: anyone under 18 will require a parental signature on their registration form.

Intro classes will occur on (this replaces the regular schedule on these dates):

  • Tuesday, May 12 – 7:15 - 9:00 p.m. (Registration and first class)
  • Thursday, May 14 – 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 19 – 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 21 – 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

These four classes are intended to be taken in sequence and will each focus on different aspects of Aikido, so we encourage you to attend all four so as not to miss anything.

All classes will take place at our dojo in the
St. John’s Martial Arts Centre 21 Mews Place (see Practical Info for map).

For planning purposes it would be useful for us to know how many people to expect, so please email or respond on the Facebook page if you are planning to attend.

Spring Seminar with Nakamura AND Turner Sensei!

We are delighted to announce that our Spring Seminar (May 1-3) will feature two of the most senior instructors of the Canadian Aikido Federation: Yumi Nakamura Sensei and Fran Turner Sensei. Nakamura Sensei (6th dan) is the chief instructor of Aikido Tendokai (Toronto) and Turner Sensei (6th dan) is the founder of Aikido Shugyo Dojo. They are both fantastic teachers who combine technical expertise with great Aikido spirit.
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This seminar will also mark the 30th year of training for one of MUN Aikido's instructors: Ivan Booth. Both he and other members of our club have been very fortunate to receive many years of instruction and guidance from these inspirational teachers.
The seminar will take place over three days from May 1 to May 3. All classes will take place in our dojo at the St. John's Martial Arts Centre (21 Mews Place). The tentative schedule is:
Friday (May 1): 7:30pm-9:30pm
Saturday (May 2): 10:00am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Sunday (May 3): 10:00am-12:30pm

Turner and Nakamura Sensei will each teach classes on all days. We will have a supper on Saturday night at which everyone is welcome. Details to follow.

Regular: $70/weekend or Friday $20/Saturday $45/Sunday $20 Students: $50/weekend or Friday $15/Saturday $30/Sunday $15

The poster can be found

Christmas Holiday Schedule

The last class before Christmas will be Tuesday, December 16. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 6. Merry Christmas everyone!