After 15 years in the same location, the dojo at 1110 Finch Ave. W. is closing its doors. If is a very sad time for us. However, there was no other alternative, because of the terms of the lease renewal that were proposed to us and the lockdown of non-essential businesses during the pandemic, among other adverse business conditions.
We were not able to conclude negotiations for new space before the lockdown occurred.
Accordingly, I can’t tell you where or when we will re-open, but only that we will re-open. The timing depends on the pandemic and the regulations regarding social isolation.
I am hoping that over the summer, the social distancing regulations will be relaxed enough to permit us to practice jo and bokken outside. Stay tuned… I will advise you once the situation improves.
Unfortunately, I can’t think of any way to continue children’s class for the time being.
The current situation feels to me like a fast freestyle with multiple attackers… the dojo closing, the pandemic and various personal issues are all aggressive adversaries we have to deal with simultaneously — with clear minds, solid centres and good spirits. It is a very challenging time.
We have not shut down as an organization and will continue to network with our members and the Aikido community. A dojo is people, not a building, and our community is strong. Hopefully we will have a roof over our heads again in a few months.
Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions. In fact, don’t hesitate to contact us for any reason. It would be nice to hear from you — please stay in touch.
— Jim Barnes, Aikido Hokuryukai