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Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that is practiced worldwide by both men and women, from children to seniors. The Yoshinkai style of Aikido is one of the most prevalent styles worldwide.
Aikido develops dexterity, timing, and balance. We practice in a cooperative learning environment, which we believe promotes positive interactions between teachers, other students, and society.
Classes are focused on principles of cooperation and harmony, not aggression. Aikido employs graceful movements to perform subtle yet powerful techniques where timing and control are more important than strength.
Yoshinkai Aikido is based on careful and precise practice, methodical use of basic movements, attention to detail, and the patient repetition of techniques to achieve mastery. This foundation of fundamental movements supports the development of basic techniques leading to a very powerful means of self-defense without unnecessary aggression. Although good training requires discipline and focus, we consider it equally important to have fun.
All of our black belt students are internationally accredited instructors with licences issued by the Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo (headquarters) in Tokyo, Japan. Our chief instructor Keith Taylor (6th Dan) has over four decades of martial arts experience. All instructors are volunteers and receive no payment for their services. Our dojo fees are used entirely for the purposes of the dojo, like room rental fees and bringing in guest instructors. We are non-commercial and non-profit; this allows us to offer very competitive fees for our training.
We offer children’s classes for boys and girls age 3-15. Children are taught traditional Yoshinkai Aikido, including basic movements, techniques, and break falls in order to promote mental and physical development. Our patient instructors encourage and enable students to do their best. For children, Aikido offers an extremely safe, playful environment to learn a beautiful martial art. As with adult classes, we think that fun is equally as important as discipline.
Sowakan Dojo (Maple Ridge) and Sokushinkan Dojo (Vancouver) offer associate membership. You are free to train at both dojos for no additional cost.
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