About Aikido Hokuryukai

Note: The class on Tuesday, March 10 will be one hour long (7 – 8 pm) instead of the usual hour-and-a-half.

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.

Aikido Hokuryukai 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 a CAF shidoin (senior instructor). Yumi Nakamura is a 6th dan black belt, a shihan (master instructor) and has more than 40 years of Aikido experience, starting in Japan.  Both Yumi and Jim are members of the CAF Examinations Committee, reporting directly to the CAF Technical Director, Hayato Osawa-Shihan, 8th dan from Hombu (headquarters) dojo in Tokyo, Japan.

Associate instructors Tom Lindsey and Vadim Potanine, both 4th dan, teach under the supervision of Jim and Yumi, as do assistant instructors Igor Sitartchouk (3d dan),  Aubrie Appel (2nd dan) and Vadim Katcherovski (2nd dan).

Jim Barnes Sensei and
Yumi Nakamura Sensei

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.

New Year's class 2020
New Year’s Class 2020