Covid-19 Safety Guideline for Aikido Training

“Your spirit is the true shield.” 

–  Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

Aikido is a non-competitive Japanese martial art that uses the energy of the attack and circles it back onto the attacker. It does not rely on strength or body size to be effective. Aikido Shugyo Dojo is a non-profit Aikido club that has been a centre for Aikido training in Toronto’s east end since 1985. Our dojo teaches both open-handed and Aikido weapon techniques to adults and children. We always welcome new and visiting students in both children and adult classes.

Chief instructor/Dojo-cho, Gabriel DiMarco

Benefits of Aikido training in the age of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time in our recent collective histories. Our lives have been disrupted and we are looking for ways to stay healthy while keeping safe. As a dojo, we have adapted our classes to the times. No-contact conditioning helps develop a body for Aikido and enhances your techniques. Even without contact, the health benefits of Aikido remain: improved strength, balance and flexibility, increased cardiovascular health, better posture, coordination and breathing. It also releases the feel-good hormones: serotonin, endorphin and dopamine.

What’s Happening

Sept 1 – Children’s classes restarting
Sept 6 – Dojo closed (Labour Day)
Sept 28 – Introductory class: free of charge. Class starts @ 6pm
Sept 30 – Dojo closed (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)


Our dojo (2203 Gerrard Street East, Toronto) is easily accessible via public transit. 8 minute walk from Main St. subway station.  5 minute walk from Danforth Go station. Also, 306/506 streetcars, 64/135 buses (Main x Gerrard stop).  If you are driving, street parking is free after 6pm.