Aikido was created by Morihei Ueshiba in Japan in the 20th century. In Canada, Aikido had been introduced and taught by late Kawahara Shihan for 35 years. Aikido comes from Kenjutsu, classical Japanese swordsmanship, which has been practiced by swordsmen for hundreds of years. Both the founder of Aikido and the father of Canadian Aikido were phenomenal swordsmen. Swordsmen are skilled in various weapons and they are also trained to capture armed opponents. Aikido originated from these techniques. The founder of Aikido added health aspects to his art.
Aikido "Seisho Kan" translates to "House of Green Pine Tree". Influenced by Japanese symbology, the evergreen pine has come to represent longevity, good fortune and steadfastness. Our Aikido practice focuses on the continual growth of each student in the martial art - through the use of weaponry skill training and through each student's commitment to regular class attendance.
If you are interested in visiting an Aikido Class, meeting our Instructor, or discussing what our Aikido practice has to offer, please refer to our Class Schedule webpage and drop in during a scheduled class time. Our sessions are open to the public. We welcome male and female participants aged fifteen (with parental consent) and up.
Aikido Seisho Kan is a sister dojo to the already established Edmonton Aikikai which operates out of the Old Strathcona Community Centre and 昇洋館 Shoyokan Dojo, which operates out of Newton School. We began operation in October, 2012.
合気道 Aikido 青松館 Seisho Kan: 稽古 Practice
合気道Aikido is 型武道Kata Budo or martial arts, consisting of a sequence of movements in comparison with 試合Shiai Budo or sparring Budo. 投げNage, a person who executes a technique, works on Kata with the help of受けUke, a person who receives the technique. It is contract practice with no competition. Like any athletic practice, one pursues precision in a repetitive manner.
Aikido comes from 侍Samurai combat techniques. Therefore, attacks consist of "cutting" opponents and stopping them from "cutting". Uke attempts to cut Nage or stop Nage from cutting by holding their wrist(s). Nage executes techniques against those attacks. As cutting tools, we use hand blades and 木剣Bokken or wooden swords and 竹刀Shinai or split bamboo wrapped in leather bags.
There are many joint techniques, which were used to capture opponents many years ago. There are also throwing techniques. In throwing techniques, we use the ground as a weapon. In practice Nage is thrown and takes 受身Ukemi or rolling in this case and comes right back, which is a unique aspect of Aikido. Ukemi is useful in daily life to learn since it helps you become friends with the ground.
As you can see, Aikido is deeply rooted in its origin,剣術 Kenjutsu or classical Japanese swordsmanship. Since “Kenjutsu makes Aikido strong” (by our late Grand Master Y. Kawahara), we practice Heart Reflection style Kenjutsu.
Aikido is for health and being friendly with each other. However, we have one enemy, injury. We despise injuries and practice is always done safely. At the same time we keep the essence of 武Bu, stopping spears or stopping aggression. As martial artists, we train to be able to stop aggression just like Samuari by practicing in a safe manner. After all, injured Samuari were of no use on the battlefield.
Our Head Instructor is Kenji Yoshimi, 5th Dan. He was mentored by the late Grand Master, Yukio Kawahara Sensei (1940-2011) who was especially knowledgeable about and skilled in the 古流 Koryu Style (Classical).
Monthly fees are $50.
Yearly Canadian Aikido Federation fee is $20.