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We are saddened by the passing of Yamada Sensei

The Canadian Aikido Federation offers its condolences to all the members of the United States Aikido Federation on the passing of Yamada sensei. He was an incredible individual – a remarkable leader in many ways not to mention an outstanding aikidoka. His influence was wide-reaching and a lot of us have been so lucky to have learned from him. He will be missed in ways we can not yet imagine. Please accept our sympathy for your loss and know that we are here to support you in whatever way we can.

CAF 2022 Fall Seminar with Osawa Shihan – Save the Dates!

Fri, Oct 28, 2022 – Sun, Oct 30, 2022
With: Hayato Osawa Shihan, 8th Dan

Please save the dates for the CAF fall seminar with Osawa Sensei: Oct 28-30, 2022. The seminar is planned to take place at VWA Dunbar (Immaculate Conception Parish Gym, 3778 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC). 

More details to follow.

CAF 2022 Summer Seminar Series with Osawa Shihan – Save the Dates!

This year, we have modified our seminar format for the summer. Instead of a week-long summer camp in one Canadian city, we are holding a seminar series to be held in 3 different Canadian cities! Please save the dates:

Sat, Jun 25, 2022 – Sun, Jul 3, 2022. Cities

2022 Recipient of the Kawahara Shihan Award for Outstanding Contribution

The Kawahara Shihan Award for Outstanding Contribution is conferred upon distinguished individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of aikido in Canada and who have continued Kawahara Shihan’s legacy through their commitment to service in the Canadian Aikido Federation.

I am pleased to officially announce the 2022 recipient of this prestigious award is:

Cecil Paris, a brief profile of whom can be found here.

Steve Erickson, President, Canadian Aikido Federation

Virtual Aikido Seminar 2021 Recap


Beyond our wildest dreams.

Sometimes we go into a virtual event and we have an expectation of what that may look like: a lot of awkward silences, verbal cues to unmute or mute oneself, an excess of screen time…and to an extent, there were those inevitabilities of online event hosting, but the seminar managed to transcend those. Mainly due to the community it drew. more …

Aikido during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Keeping students engaged and connected while in-dojo classes are not permitted is a challenging yet rewarding task. CAF President Steve Erickson of BigRock Aikikai in Calgary tells his story.

AikiBlaze with Kim Sensei and Anita Sensei

Saturday, April 3, 2021 (3:30-5:00 PST, 6:30-8:00 EST)

The next AikiBlaze Zoom class will be taught by two instructors from the CAF’s Board of Executives: Kim Riddick (5th dan, Chief Instructor of North Delta Aikikai) and Anita Abbasi (2nd dan, Assistant Instructor at Aikido Shugyo Dojo).The 90-min Zoom-class (two 45-min classes in succession) will focus on how to move in relation to one’s centre using solo practices that can be easily incorporated into at-home training.

For more information, please visit https://www.clearwateraikikai.ca/events/aikiblaze-with-kim-and-anita-sensei

To register, please contact

AikiBlaze with Ben Peacock Sensei in conjunction with Clearwater Aikikai, a HUGE success!

This past Saturday’s “AikiBlaze” was a cross-dojo collaboration organized by senseis Myrna Harrod-Taniguti (Clearwater Aikikai) and Ben Peacock (Burloak Aikikai). Harrod-Taniguti-sensei wrote this recap for her dojo’s website. The next AikiBlaze session is tentatively set for Saturday April 3rd. Stay tuned! “On Saturday March 13, my good friend Ben Peacock Sensei (5th Dan, Chief Instructor at Burloak Aikikai Aikido in Ontario) taught the first of what we hope will be a series of “AikiBlaze” classes. The idea for AikiBlaze arose because despite wanting to train together virtually, we both knew that there was no way I was ever going to make the 3:00 AM wakeup call that would have been required for me and others in BC to participate in Ben Sensei’s regular morning class. From there, we thought, “Why not invite others?” And then we thought, “Maybe we should get in touch with some friends from Hombu days?” Then it kind of snowballed; we ended up with 28 participants from 13 dojo in 4 different time zones and 2 countries. It was kind of an eclectic group: there were participants from 4 different associations, the range of ranks stretched from “brand new” to 5th dan (with most of us somewhere in the middle), a good 1/3 of us were women (yay!), and there were youths, young adults, and, ahem, upwards. The one thing we all had in common? We really like Aikido, and we want to see it thrive despite the varying physical limitations the pandemic has placed upon us… Read more.

International Women’s Day

Yumi NakamuraThe Canadian Aikido Federation acknowledges the incredible contributions of the women practicing and nurturing the art of Aikido here in Canada. We would also like to take this moment to recognize and celebrate Yumi Nakamura Shihan on her 7th Dan promotion at this year’s Kagami biraki. Nakamura Sensei is a prominent figure within the CAF: teaching at seminars and summer camps as well as her work as former Chair of the Examination Committee.


2021 Recipients of the Kawahara Shihan Award for Outstanding Contribution

The Kawahara Shihan Award for Outstanding Contribution is conferred upon distinguished individuals who have significantly contributed to the advancement of aikido in Canada and honored Kawahara Shihan’s legacy through their service to the Canadian Aikido Federation.

I am pleased to officially announce the 2021 recipients of this prestigious award as follows:

Dennis Adair   Shin Chin   Bill Collins   Hiroaki Izumi   
Paul Martin   Osamu Obata   Fran Turner

A brief profile of each recipient can be found here.

Steve Erickson, President, Canadian Aikido Federation


2021 Kagami-biraki Ceremony Promotions

The Canadian Aikido Federation is pleased to announce the following promotions at the 2021 Kagami-biraki Ceremony:

Yumi Nakamura for 7th Dan
George Hewson for 7th Dan
Dzung Nguyen for 5th Dan
Gabriel Dimarco for 5th Dan
Ivan Booth for 5th Dan
Johannes Malais for 5th Dan
John Patrick Foster for 5th Dan
Adrian Iliescu for 5th Dan
Camber Muir for 5th Dan
Robert Fudge for 5th Dan
Kim Riddick for 5th Dan

Congratulations to all of the recipients!
CAF Board of Directors

Dan Jones, Past President Canadian Aikido Federation
Talks ‘Practicing Aikido for Fitness’ on CTV News

Watch CTV News segment on Aikido Marshal Arts at a Dojo in Calgary.
View CTV Interview with Dan Jones

Talking Aikido at the Saskatoon Aikido Club with Don Ragush Sensei

A look at the Japanese martial art Aikido. Don Ragush discusses some insights into Aikido, helping us to understand the major approach to learning and practicing Aikido.
View video

2020 Promotion List

“Congratulations to all of the following students for New Year promotion by Hombu!“

  • Nidan 2nd Dan:  James Kirkland,  Troy Beauregard
  • Sandan 3rd Dan:  Peter MacAuley
  • Yondan 4th Dan:  James Goreas

Promotion of Osawa Shihan to 8th Dan

We would also like to acknowledge the significant promotion of Osawa Shihan to 8th Dan at Aikikai Hombu Dojo during Kagamibiraki 2019. Here is a YouTube link to watch the presentation ceremony.

Examination Committee

Highlights from our Annual Fall Seminar Toronto,
York University Oct 19-21   (more…)

Obata Sensei’s upcoming retirement

On behalf of the Canadian Aikido Federation I would like to congratulate Osamu Obata Shihan on his upcoming retirement to Japan. In addition to being a leader of Aikido in Canada, the Aikikai Foundation also recognizes Obata Shihan as one of the Japanese Instructors Abroad. Aikido students outside of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre will surely miss seeing Obata Shihan on the CAF Examination Committee at our Camps and Seminars. His teaching and input on examination will be missed. His spirit, though, will continue at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
Obata Sensei profile …

Dan Jones
Past President CAF

Canadian Aikido Federation

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