About Aikido Hokuryukai

Welcome to the Aikido Hokuryukai website! Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed in the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (referred to as “O-Sensei” [Great Teacher]) by Aikidoists. By practicing Aikido you can:

  • Improve your physical fitness and relieve stress;
  • Learn to discipline and focus your mind;
  • Learn effective self-defense techniques;
  • Learn harmony with yourself and others.

Aikido Hokuryukai has been active in the Greater Toronto Area for more than 20 years, teaching Aikido as a pathway to self-fulfillment through martial arts. “Hoku-ryu-kai” literally means “Northern Dragon Association.”  It commemorates the “Dragon Spirit” that O-Sensei spoke of as having profound influence on his martial art.

Taking class from Doshu at Hombu Dojo, Tokyo.

Our dojo is a member of the Ontario Aikido Federation which is a part of the Canadian Aikido Federation.  Aikido Hokuryukai is affiliated with the Aikikai / Hombu in Tokyo, Japan, which was established by the Founder of Aikido and is the largest Aikido organization in the world.

Our Instructors

Jim Barnes, 6th dan black belt, has 40 years of experience in Aikido. He is a past president of the Canadian Aikido Federation and is an active CAF shidoin (senior instructor). Yumi Nakamura is a 6th dan black belt, a shihan and has more than 40 years of Aikido experience, starting in Japan.  She is currently the chairperson of the CAF Examinations Committee. Associate instructors Tom Lindsey (4th dan) and Vadim Potanine (3d dan), teach under the supervision of Jim and Yumi, as do assistant instructors Igor Sitartchouk (2nd dan),  Aubrie Appel (2nd dan) and Vadim Katcherovski (1st dan).

Senior instructors Jim Barnes and Yumi Nakamura.

Our Students

Membership in our club is open to anyone who has a sincere desire to learn, has no health problems that would interfere with — or be worsened by — practice  and is prepared to observe the dojo rules and regulations. Over the years we have had students coming to our dojo from all over the GTA: Toronto, North York, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Maple, King City, Scarborough, Markham, Mississauga and other communities. We offer both Adult and Children’s (5 to 14 years old) classes for the beginners and advanced martial arts practitioners. Classes in the use of Aikido weapons – the jo (short staff) and bokken (wooden practice sword) are also held.

Come as a Guest

Anyone interested in this unique and dynamic practice is welcome to visit our dojo and talk with our instructors and students. We encourage you to give our dojo a try and see for yourself how fulfilling Aikido can be for your physical and spiritual life. Please come for a free trial class and enjoy the benefits of Aikido first-hand! Beginners’ classes are held Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Kids’ classes are held Sundays. See our schedule for more details. We are located in a commercial plaza at Unit 5, 1110 Finch Ave. W. in North York (Toronto), near Dufferin St. and between Alness and Chesswood. See our Location page for a map and additional details. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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