Start anytime: Aikido classes for kids and adults

Aikido is an exciting martial art that neutralizes attacks through the use of throws and joint locks. Anyone can learn and practice aikido since it does not depend on size or physical strength to be effective. Instead it relies on blending with the energy of your attackers and using the energy to throw them off balance rather than meeting attacks with punches or kicks. In aikido there are no competitions and it is a non-violent martial art.

Why practice aikido?

Aikido offers a number of physical benefits: improved overall fitness through increased stamina, flexibility and strength. It also leads to a better understanding of how to defuse conflict both emotionally and physically. People who practice aikido for even a few months note that they are both calmer and more aware of themselves in relation to their surroundings and to other people.

Our dojo

Aikido Shugyo Dojo has been a centre for Aikido training in Toronto’s east end for 30 years. Shugyo means “determined training that fosters enlightenment.” At our dojo, we work on polishing the body, the mind and the spirit. The teachers and students at Shugyo respect individual differences, embrace learners of all ages and abilities, and value all members of the dojo. The chief instructor of our dojo is Fran Turner, a 6th degree black belt.

Want to learn more?

You’ll find lots of information about aikido and about our dojo right here, but the best way to learn more is to drop by the dojo to participate in a class* (or even just to watch one). The first class is free and a qualified instructor will be there to help you and to answer any questions you might have. Aikido Shugyo Dojo offers classes six days a week. We are located in Leslieville on Carlaw Avenue between Dundas Street East and Queen Street East, easily accessible by car from the Don Valley Parkway or the Gardiner Expressway and from a number of TTC routes. (See directions)

*Bring loose and comfortable clothing and come a little early for a quick orientation.