“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

March 9 – Memorial Seminar for Yoshimitsu Yamada sensei and Bill Collins sensei at Beaches East York Aikikai *Dojo is closed
9:30 am Registration
10:00 am Class starts
$40, More info

March 12 – Ukemi Workshop I
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
All levels

March 14Ukemi Workshop II
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Advanced 3rd kyu +

March 16 – Testing day
10:00 am Adults and Youth
11:30 am Children

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

March 29 – Dojo is closed for Good Friday


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.