Introduction to Aikido

This September we will again host our popular 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, September 16. Registration will start at 7:15pm and then class will begin at 7:30pm. The cost is $30 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, September 16 – 7:15-9:00 p.m.(Registration and first class)
  • Thursday, September 18 – 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 23 – 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 25 – 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 if you are planning to attend so that we can plan to give you the best experience with our skilled instructors.

If you have any questions feel free to email us or post to our
Facebook page. We look forward to helping you learn more about Aikido and MUN Aikikai.

Beginners will NOT be expected to do this in their first class!

Summer Schedule

We are now on our summer schedule -- Sunday classes are cancelled until September. Tuesday and Thursday will continue as usual.

Congratulations Haakon, Matt and Daniel!

Haakon, Matt and Daniel respectively passed their 2nd, 3rd and 5th kyu tests during our seminar with Yumi Nakamura Sensei last weekend. Congratulations everyone and thanks to the Aikido Institute of Newfoundland, Fudoshin Aikikai and Aikido Kenkyukai for their support.

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Group photo with Nakamura Sensei. Photo credit Collette Phillips.

Spring Seminar with Nakamura Sensei

We will have a Spring seminar with Yumi Nakamura Sensei (6th Dan, Aikido Tendokai, Toronto) on the weekend of May 10-11. Classes be Saturday from 9:00-11:30am and 2:00-4:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am-12:00pm. All classes will be held in our dojo. For more details see the poster.

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Nakamura Sensei teaching during her last visit. Photo Credit: Collette Phillips

Congratulations Esteban!

On December 14, Esteban took and passed his Nidan test under Marta Fernández Sensei (6th dan). Congratulations Esteban!

Esteban disarming John during practice for his test.

Christmas Schedule

Our last class before Christmas will be Thursday, December 19. Regular classes will resume on Tuesday, January 7.

Congratulations to Aaron, Michael and Catherine!

Aaron, Michael and Catherine took the 5th kyu tests on Thursday night and all did great jobs. Congratulations!

New Dojo!

The new dojo will be at 21 Mews Place. Construction is progressing well and regular classes will resume on Tuesday, September 10.

Antonina helping to install the nafudake in the new dojo.

C. Berthiaume Seminar

The Aikido Institute of Newfoundland will hold a seminar with C. Berthiaume Shihan September 6-8. For the poster click here.

Summer Break

Our Summer break will start a bit early this year as we have recently found out that we have to move from our current Global Gym location before September. Dojo disassembly will take place on August 2 and 3. Classes should resume in September but stay tuned for information on where that will be…

UPDATE: Our new dojo is at 21 Mews Place. Classes will resume following the regular schedule on September 10th.