About Toronto Aikikai

Toronto Aikikai was established in 1974 to study, promote and provide instruction in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. As of 2000, Toronto Aikikai also offers instruction in the martial art of Iaido. Toronto Aikikai is open seven days a week. Classes are held on evenings and on weekends, and are taught by highly qualified instructors.

The Chief Instructor is Robert Zimmermann Shihan, who holds the rank of Nanadan (7th degree black belt) and the title of Shihan (Master Instructor) in Aikido and the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Iaido. He studied under the direction of Mitsunari Kanai Shihan, 8th dan, Chief Instructor of New England Aikikai, Yukio Kawahara Shihan, 8th dan, Technical Director of the Canadian Aikido Federation and Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, 8th dan, Chief Instructor of New York Aikikai. Kanai Shihan and Yamada Shihan were direct disciples of O-Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, and Kawahara Shihan was a direct disciple of Bansen Tanaka Shihan, a direct disciple of O-Sensei. Robert began practicing Aikido in 1967, and has trained and taught at seminars and training camps in Canada, the United States, Japan, Mexico, Central and South America, Israel and Europe. He is also a former member of the Technical Committee of the United States Aikido Federation and a former member of the Board of Directors of the United States Aikido Federation, of the Canadian Aikido Federation and of the Ontario Aikido Federation.

Visitors are always welcome to watch and participate in Aikido or Iaido classes during any of the scheduled practice times. You can join Toronto Aikikai by simply seeing a member or the instructor, and filling out a brief form.

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