“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.

Getting Started-FAQ

Chief instructor/Dojo-cho, Gabriel DiMarco

What’s Happening

December 9 – Dojo Christmas Party 1:00 pm (after children’s class). All dojo members and loved ones are welcome to the potluck party.

December 12 – Special Class 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Special class with Chris Velakis sensei.

December 24 & 25 – Dojo Closed

December 26 – Introductory Class 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Free of charge. Please come 10-15 min. early to get ready. More info

December 31 – Dojo Closed

January 1, 2024 – New Year’s Day Ceremony 12 noon. Start your New Year with 1000 bokken cuts. Enjoy some traditional Japanese drinks and snacks afterwards.


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 6 pm.