December 20, 2013
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.
December 16, 2013
This January 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, January 21 starting at 7:15pm. 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, January 21 – 7:15 - 9:30 p.m.(Registration and first class)
- Thursday, January 23 – 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 28 – 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
- Thursday, January 30 – 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,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 email@example.com 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. We look forward to helping you learn more about Aikido and MUN Aikikai.
December 06, 2013
Yumi Nakamura Sensei will visit us again this Spring with a seminar on the weekend of May 10-11. More details to follow.
Nakamura Sensei teaching during her last visit. Photo Credit: Collette Phillips
November 15, 2013
Our last class before Christmas will be Thursday, December 19. Regular classes will resume on Tuesday, January 7.
November 15, 2013
Aaron, Michael and Catherine took the 5th kyu tests on Thursday night and all did great jobs. Congratulations!
August 13, 2013
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.
August 08, 2013
The Aikido Institute of Newfoundland will hold a seminar with C. Berthiaume Shihan September 6-8. For the poster click here.
August 01, 2013
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.
June 22, 2013
Five of our club members (Ivan, Jolanta, John, Esteban and Antonina) attended the 2013 CAF Summer Camp (Halifax, June 16-21) with Osawa Shihan. While there, Antonina graded Shodan and Ivan graded Yondan. Also, Craig Rogers (who started Aikido at our dojo but has now been at the Halifax Aikikai for many years) graded Nidan. Congratulations to everyone! Below is an action shot of Osawa Shihan teaching.
Photo Credit: Antonina Kolokolova (I think)
June 14, 2013
The babies keep on coming! The latest is Leo Bonnah born to Tomiko and Ted (both former MUN dojo members who now live in Kyoto, Japan). Congratulations to Leo, Tomiko and Ted!
June 11, 2013
We have now switched to our summer schedule: classes are as usual on Tuesday and Thursday, but Sunday classes are cancelled. Our full regular schedule will resume in September.
May 01, 2013
Seiji Michael Mori was born at 10:44am on Saturday morning. Congratulations Seiji, Marcie and Tak!
February 24, 2013
Miranda Mary Nell Middleton was born at 3:27am this morning. Congratulations Miranda, Virginia and Matt!
January 28, 2013
On Saturday morning, February 9th, the Aikido Institute will host a local area Mini-Seminar. It will run from 9:00am-1:00pm. For more information see the poster below. All MUN Aikido members are encouraged to attend. It’s a great chance to get to know and practice with members of the other clubs in town. Feb2013 Seminar
November 23, 2012
Our last class before Christmas will be Tuesday, December 18. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 8.
November 15, 2012
We have just heard that Fudoshin Aikikai will again host Donovan Waite Shihan for the 7th Annual Graham Burt Memorial Seminar. This will happen March 9-10. More information to follow...
November 08, 2012
During the seminar with Nakamura Sensei, Haakon and Hakase took their 3rd kyu tests and Tak took his 1st kyu. They all did a great job and passed. Congratulations!
Photo Credit: Collette Phillips
October 30, 2012
You can now follow MUN Aikido on Twitter and check out videos of our recent demonstration on YouTube.
October 20, 2012
Following the Demo, Haakon did an interview for the MUSE. You can find it here.
October 17, 2012
Next Tuesday, October 23rd from 12:30-1:00pm, MUN Aikido will do a demonstration in The Works as part of I Love MUNdays.
Even if you can’t make the demo, there will be a booth set up from about 10:00am-2:00pm with information about Aikido and our club.
As a follow-up, our regular Thursday night class (8:00-9:30pm) on October 25th will be open (and free) to anyone who would like to come and try out Aikido.
Update: Video from the demo can be found on YouTube.
October 14, 2012
Yumi Nakamura Sensei of Aikido Tendokai in Toronto will visit us again November 3rd and 4th. Click here for the poster. Note in particular the location: Saturday will be at Holy Cross (thanks to the Aikido Institute of Nfld for helping us arrange that space) and then Sunday will be back in our own Dojo.
Update: Nakamura Sensei gave another excellent seminar which has given us plenty to think about and work on. Thanks to all who attended and in particular the Aikido Institute of Newfoundland for lending us their space on Saturday.
Photo Credit: Matthew Middleton
October 01, 2012
On the weekend of Sept 29-30, John, Jolanta, Robert and Ivan travelled to Halifax for a seminar with H. Osawa Shihan. Here’s the group photo from that event. Three members of the Aikido Institute of Nfld (Colleen, Jason and Collette) and one member of Fudoshin Aikikai (John) also attended. See how many of us you can find…
To make that a bit easier here’s a group photo of the Newfoundlanders with Osawa Shihan.
Thanks to Collette for both of these pictures.
August 17, 2012
There are two seminars coming up this fall:
1) The Canadian Aikido Federation will sponsor a seminar with Hayato Osawa Shihan (Hombu Dojo) in Halifax on September 29 and 30. Several of us will travel there to train with him. For more information see the Halifax Aikikai website.
2) Then on November 3 and 4, Yumi Nakamura Sensei (Aikido Tendokai) will visit us again. If you’ve been to any of her previous seminars you will know that she is a great teacher so we are all looking forward to seeing her again. More information.
December 06, 2011
This year the last class before Christmas will be on Thursday, December 15. The first class after Christmas will be Thursday, January 5 and the full regular schedule will resume on Tuesday, January 10 (i.e. there will be no Sunday class that first week).
November 16, 2011
Yumi Nakamura Sensei of Aikido Tendokai in Toronto will visit us again this weekend. Click here for the poster. To help make space for the seminar, Thursday and Sunday night classes will be cancelled this week.
August 26, 2011
From August 7-11 several members of MUN Aikido attended the Atlantic Canada Aikido Summer Camp in Halifax. John Bell successfully tested for Shodan. Congratulations John!
July 28, 2011
The last class for the summer will be Thursday, August 4th. Practice will resume on Thursday, September 8th at 8:00pm.
April 20, 2011
Classes will resume at the University on April 26. For the summer we will be practicing out of Hatcher House on Tuesdays (7:00-9:00pm) and Thursdays (8:00-9:30pm). We will also have a Jo practice at the same location on Wednesdays (1:00-2:00pm). Sunday classes (7:00-8:30pm) will be at the PowerPlex / Provincial Training Centre for May and June (and then we will take Sundays off until September). Maps and links can be found on Practical Info.
March 24, 2011
After 33 years in the same location, MUN Aikido will be moving after March 25. The MUN Combat Room is closing forever (and will become a lecture theatre). See the post above for our new practice schedule and location. Below is the group photo from our Wake for the Combat Room.
Thanks to everyone who came from Fudoshin Aikikai and the Aikido Institute of Newfoundland.
December 18, 2010
This will be a good winter for Aikido in Newfoundland. January 22-23, the Aikido Institute of Newfoundland will be hosting a seminar with Claude Berthiaume Shihan (Aikido de la Montagne, Montreal). Then March 12-13, Fudoshin Aikikai will host the 5th Annual Graham Burt Seminar, with special guest instructor Donovan Waite Shihan (Aikido Centre City, Philadelphia).
April 09, 2010
From March 20-21, MUN Aikido again hosted Y. Nakamura Sensei of Aikido Tendokai in Toronto for a weekend training seminar. Thanks to Sensei for her superb teaching and the Aikido Institute of Newfoundland and Fudoshin Aikikai for their support. Also congratulations to Tak on a very nice 2nd kyu test.
March 13, 2010
This Saturday Fudoshin organized another excellent seminar in memory of Graham Burt who first brought Aikido to Newfoundland.
December 29, 2009
On March 20-21, 2010 we will again host a seminar with Y. Nakamura Sensei of Aikido Tendokai in Toronto. Click here for the poster.
September 19, 2009
Paul Ralph (former member of MUN Aikido, now part of the Vancouver Aikikai and instructor at UBC Aikido club) successfully tested for Shodan at a seminar in Victoria.
August 10, 2009
From August 10-14, seven members of MUN Aikido attended the 3rd Atlantic Canada Aikido Summer Camp in Halifax, NS with Y. Kawahara Shihan, Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation. Jolanta Lagowski successfully completed her Nidan test.
March 29, 2009
From March 27-29, our club hosted Y. Nakamura Sensei of Aikido Tendokai in Toronto for a weekend training seminar (click on picture for enlargement). Thanks to the Aikido Institute of Newfoundland and Fudoshin Aikikai for their support.
March 07, 2009
MUN Aikido participated in the 3rd Annual Graham Burt Memorial Seminar at Fudoshin Aikikai. Thanks Fudoshin for hosting this fun event once again.
November 30, 2008
Many members of MUN Aikikai attended a seminar with C. Berthiaume Shihan at the Aikido Institute of Newfoundland on the weekend of November 29-30.
September 27, 2008
MUN Aikido celebrated its 30th Anniversary by hosting Y. Kawahara Shihan, Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation, for a weekend training seminar from September 27-28. Many thanks to the Aikido Institute of Newfoundland, Fudoshin Aikikai and members of the Nova Scotia Aikido Federation for their support.
August 12, 2008
Michael Langford Sensei, one of the founders of MUN Aikikai was back in St. John’s for a visit and dropped by to teach an excellent class. Thanks Michael.
May 25, 2008
Many members of MUN Aikikai attended a seminar with C. Berthiaume Shihan at the Aikido Institute of Newfoundland on the weekend of May 24-25.
March 08, 2008
MUN Aikido participated in the 2nd Annual Graham Burt Memorial Seminar at Fudoshin Aikikai. Thanks Fudoshin for hosting this fun event again (and inviting us).
August 02, 2007
Four members of MUN Aikido attended the 2nd Atlantic Canada Aikido Summer Camp with Y. Kawahara Shihan at Dorje Denma Ling, NS from July 20-August 3. Ivan Booth successfully tested for Sandan.
May 17, 2007
I. Ishiyama Sensei was visiting St. John’s and we were pleased to welcome him to teach a class at our dojo.
March 11, 2007
MUN Aikido participated in the 1st Annual Graham Burt Memorial Seminar at Fudoshin Aikikai. Thanks to Fudoshin for hosting this fun event.
October 29, 2006
On the weekend of October 28-29, MUN Aikikai was pleased to host a weekend training seminar with Y. Kawahara Shihan, Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation.
February 19, 2006
From February 17-19 our club hosted Y. Nakamura Sensei of Aikido Tendokai in Toronto for a weekend training seminar.
August 13, 2005
From August 8-13, MUN Aikikai organized the 1st Atlantic Canada Aikido Summer Camp in Cornerbrook, NL with Y. Kawahara Shihan, Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation.
October 31, 2004
On October 29-31, MUN Aikikai hosted S. MacPhail Sensei (Victoria Aikikai) for a weekend training seminar.
March 14, 2004
On March 13-14, MUN Aikikai hosted F. Turner Sensei (Shugyo Dojo, Toronto) for a weekend training seminar.
November 08, 2003
On the weekend of November 8-9, MUN Aikikai was pleased to host a weekend training seminar with Y. Kawahara Shihan, Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation.
September 29, 2003
From September 27-29 our club hosted Y. Nakamura Sensei of Aikido Tendokai in Toronto for a weekend training seminar (click on picture for enlargement).
July 12, 2003
From July 11-12 our club hosted Bill Collins Sensei (Toronto) for a weekend training seminar.