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Aikido’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) or Kaiso, “the great master”, was a Japanese soldier and philosopher. He founded The Art of Peace or, “way of harmonizing energy” after many years of studying traditional Japanese martial arts including Kendo and Jujitsu. Kaiso developed the circular, flowing movements of Aikido to blend the energy of the attack and redirect these forces harmlessly. Practitioners train to develop their Ki or inner energy as well as their body through vigorous activity.

The JCCC Aikikai first opened in 1969 and is a member of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Japan (the world headquarters of the International Aikido Foundation), the Canadian Aikido Federation, and the Ontario Aikido Federation. The dojo has been developed by its honorary chief instructor, Osamu Obata Shihan, 7th Dan. Obata Shihan began teaching at the JCCC in 1972, after learning Aikido in Japan. Obata Shihan’s teaching emphasizes circular movements that blend the power of the attacker with the power of the defender. The philosophy of Aikido is revealed in the Japanese proverb: one does not have to fight in order to win.


Aikido offers both physical training and discipline. The JCCC Aikikai offers both regular classes and specialized weapons training using the traditional bokken or practice wooden sword, jo or staff, and tanto or short sword/knife. Aikido is a non-competitive, defensive martial art open to both genders and all ages and abilities.

Obata Shihan leads a team of instructors:

Osamu Obata, 7th Dan Shihan
Paul Sunn, 6th Dan,
Yoshi Ichida, 5th Dan,
Masaru Matsubara, 4th Dan,
Adrian Illiescu, 4th Dan (Cief Instructor),
Masoud Arbani, 4th Dan,
Camber Muir, 4th Dan,
Collin Brown, 4th Dan,

For more information and a beginner’s guide, please visit www.jcccaikikai.ca.

Day Time Age Level
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00-8:00am Youth+ General
Tuesday, Thursday 6:30-8:00pm **Note General
8:00pm-9:00 Youth+ Advanced Only
Saturday 11:30am - 1:00pm General, Women only
Sunday 9:00-10:00am Yourth+ Weapons (General)
10:00-11:30am Yourth+ General
11:40am-1:00pm Children Only General

**Note: Children 6th Kyu and over are welcome to attend the Tuesday General class.
* General: Open to all levels, including Beginner
* Advanced: 5th kyu rank required. The student must be able to do front and back rolls comfortably and ready to start taking breakfalls
* New aikido students accepted only at the start of the each month.

All classes are open to youth (15-21 years old), adults (22-64 years old) and seniors (65 years and older) unless otherwise indicated.

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Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5
(416) 441-2345