Founded by Fran Turner, Aikido Shugyo Dojo is a non-profit Aikido club that has been a centre for Aikido training in Toronto’s east end for 30 years. Shugyo means “determined training that fosters enlightenment.” Under the guidance of chief instructor Gabriel (Gabe) DiMarco, Aikido Shugyo Dojo teaches both open-handed and Aikido weapons techniques to adults and children. We embrace learners of all ages and abilities.

Our Instructors

Gabriel (Gabe) DiMarco is the chief instructor/dojo-cho of Aikido Shugyo Dojo and currently holds the rank of fourth dan. He has been practicing aikido with Fran Turner Sensei since 1992. He had the opportunity to meet and learn from Kanshu Sunadomari Sensei (a war-time uchideshi/live-in student of Morihei Ueshiba) and regularly trains with Sunadomari Sensei’s long time student Terumasa Hamada Sensei. Read More

Instructors Team

Senior students at Aikido Shugyo Dojo share the teaching responsibilities. All aikido instructors at Shugyo are experienced members of the dojo. Read More

What is shugyo?

Shugyo means “determined training that fosters enlightenment”. Its purpose is to “tighten the slack”, toughen the body, and polish the spirit. Dojo is a place where the Do, or “the Way”, is practiced. Read More

Our kamiza

At Aikido Shugyo Dojo, we have done our utmost to make the kamiza, this important area translated as the “head’ of the room”, a focus of attention. There hangs our photograph of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, and two calligraphic scrolls. Read More

Interviews & articles by Shugyo members

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