Our Winter 2014 session for children’s classes begins Sunday, January 5. For more information, see the Classes tab.
Atlantic Shizen Aikido Kenkyukai is located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. 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). There are AKI dojo in Japan, North America, South America, Australia and Europe. Through AKI, we are also affiliated with the Aikikai world headquarters dojo in Tokyo.
Our approach to aikido emphasizes core principles of the art, such as creating an authentic connection to our training partners and cultivating correct posture and breath. Working as a dojo community, we train ourselves to be flexible without breaking apart and to be solid without becoming rigid. This approach to aikido teaches us to maintain a relaxed but focused state, even when we find ourselves at the centre of movement and conflict. AKI dojo cultivate a joyful and physically rigorous training environment.
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 is a source of inspiration and helps us understand the principles of Aikido. “Kenkyukai” translates as “research group” or “study group,” which reflects the AKI philosophy that aikido is not a closed set of techniques to be memorized, but is an ongoing process of exploration involving the whole dojo from senior students to beginners.