Who we are
We are the ongoing development oan Aikido starting from the early roots under Morihei Ueshiba,and his student Gozo Shioda. Mits Karasawa Sensei developed his Aikido with a balance and strength drawing from both.
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Updated: Mar 24 2013
The history to be traced for Aikido and the Toronto Aikido Centre is a long one. Rather than re-write what has been posted all over the internet, below are links which will provide a synopsis of Aikido History, and how the current Toronto Aikido Centre came to be.
The Aikido Yoshinkan Foundation was founded in 1955 by Gozo Shioda
Shioda Sensei's style of Aikido is known as Yoshinkan, a name that he inherited from his father
Established in 1985 as a member of the International Yoshinkai Aikido
Federation. Seimeikan's Head Instructor was Mitsugoro Karasawa
Unfortunately in 2003 Karasawa Sensei decided he
wished to retire. Plans were made to close the Seimeikan Dojo. The student
body was looking eager to continue the same level and style of training as
|Alan Shumak Sensei(Chief Instructor):
Alan Sensei started Aikido in 1991 with Karasawa Sensei in Scarborough. He achieved his 5th Dan in May 2011. He was the initial instructor for youth classes in the dojo. He remains as the longest training, active student of Karasawa Sensei. In 2003, he took over the daily management of the dojo with the support of Sensei and the senior student body. Alan Sensei serves as the main instructor at the Toronto Aikido Centre, and is present for almost all classes. He is also active as a Scout Leader, and coaches Youth Softball, in addition to running the dojo.
|Mits Karasawa Sensei( Founder and Technical Advisor): Karasawa Sensei began his Aikido training in1964 at Meijigakuin University in Tokyo. Under the strict training of top professional instructors, including Shioda Sensei, he served as vice-captain of the university club as well as the principle member of the demonstration team. He came to Canada in 1970 to promote Aikido in the Toronto area. As one of the original contributors of Aikido in Canada, he has taught countless classes, clinics, and provided many demonstrations. Karasaw Sensei is currently a 7th Dan black belt. While retired, he continues as the technical advisor at Toronto Aikido Centre.|
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