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Are you interested in a dynamic, non-competitive martial art that cultivates body-mind-spirit balance?

Atlantic Shizen Aikido Kenkyukai is located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. We offer aikido classes for children & parents, and for adults. New members are welcome to try their first class free, and join at any time.

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 provides inspiration to help us understand the principles of Aikido. “Kenkyukai” translates as “study group,” reflecting the AKI philosophy that aikido is not simply a set of techniques to be memorized, but is an evolving process of exploration involving 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.