About Toronto Aikikai

Toronto Aikikai was established in 1974 to study, promote and provide instruction in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Toronto Aikikai is affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation and through it, with the Aikikai Foundation, or Hombu Dojo, the Aikido World Headquarters in Japan. As of 2000, it 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, 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 until his passing in 2004, and with Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, 8th dan, Chief Instructor of New York Aikikai, both direct disciples of O-Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba. 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 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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