Are you looking for a dynamic, non-competitive martial art?
Atlantic Shizen Aikido Kenkyukai is located in St. John’s, NL. Our approach to training focuses on developing body-mind balance and a connection to our training partners, within a cooperative environment.
We offer classes for children & parents, and for adults. New members are welcome to join any time and try the first class for free. More information is on the Classes page.
Our name reflects our philosophy of training. “Shizen” is Japanese for nature, and “Atlantic Shizen” reminds us that the natural environment of the North Atlantic can inspire us to better understand the principles of Aikido. “Kenkyukai” translates as “study group,” reflecting the AKI philosophy that aikido is not simply a predefined set of techniques to be memorized, but is an evolving process of exploration that involves the whole dojo – children and adults, senior students and beginners.
Our head instructor is Dr. Mark C.J. Stoddart, 2nd dan (2nd black belt). We are affiliated with Aikido Kenkyukai International (AKI), led by Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan, 8th dan (8th black belt), and overseen in Canada by Jean-Rene Leduc Sensei, 6th dan (6th black belt). We are part of a global aikido community, with AKI dojo in Japan, North America, South America, Australia and Europe. We are affiliated with the Aikikai world headquarters dojo in Tokyo through AKI.