Saskatoon Aikikai Seminar- 40th Anniversary – Fri May 25 to Sun May 27 2018 – With Founder Makoto Ohtsu Sensei

Makoto Ohtsu Sensei
Makoto Ohtsu Sensei

The Saskatoon Aikikai is pleased to announce the 40th anniversary seminar with  the founder of the Saskatoon Aikikai, Makoto Ohtsu Sensei 7th dan from Nagoya Japan. The seminar will be held Friday May 25th to Sunday May 27th. Guest instructor will be George Hewson Sensei 6th dan from the Canadian Aikido Federation.

Makoto Ohtsu Sensei is a retired Commerce Professor from Nagoya Japan who founded the Saskatoon Aikikai in 1978. He moved back to Japan in the early 1980’s and owes and operates the oldest Aikido dojo in Nagoya Japan.

Makoto Ohtsu Sensei will share stories of starting Aikido on the rooftop of a Japanese office building.

George Hewson Sensei has dedicated many years to promoting Aikido in Canada and first came to Saskatoon in 1992. .

Don Ragush Sensei has been Chief Instructor of the Saskatoon Aikikai for 30 years. Kawahara Sensei was his main teacher.

CAF meeting and seminar in Saskatoon 1997 with Kawahara Sensei. CAF Board representatives from Newfoundland to Victoria. (Also Pat Olson who started her Aikido in Saskatoon with Ohtsu Sensei and went on to host many BCAF and CAF summer camps in Kelowna)

Kawahara Sensei and Hirocki Izumi Sensei, the first Aikido Shodan from Saskatoon. ( Their spirits live on in the students they taught )

Ohtsu Sensei and Kawahara Sensei

CAF Meeting Saskatoon 1992. Can you pick out George Hewson Sensei the guest instructor?


Ohtsu Makoto, Sensei 7th dan, from Nagoya Japan, Founder of the Saskatoon Aikikai,

George Hewson, Sensei 6th dan, Guest instructor, from the Canadian Aikido Federation.


Saskatoon Aikikai
Albert Community Center
#5, 610 Clarence Ave South
Saskatoon, SK
S7H 2E2


Friday May 25 4:00pm to 5:30pmHewson Sensei
7:00pm to 8:30pmOhtsu Sensei
Saturday May 26 10:00am to 12:00pmHewson Sensei
1:30pm to 3:30pm Ohtsu Sensei
3:45pm Grading
6:30pm Banquet
Sunday May 27 09:30am to 10:30amHewson Sensei
10:45am to 11:45amOhtsu Sensei
12:00pm to 1:00pm Ragush Sensei


Full Seminar$100
Each day$50
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