North Delta Aikikai is our aikido club at the North Delta Recreation Centre. We are members of the Canadian Aikido Federation (CAF). Chief Instructor Kim Riddick Sensei is a CAF shidoin for British Columbia and has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years. He trained under Yukio Kawahara Shihan and currently trains under Hayato Osawa Shihan of Aikido Headquarters Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Classes are mixed, and open to adults (18+) of all fitness levels. All are welcome to watch class. Students typically wear a white martial arts uniform (keikogi) in class. Newcomers may wear workout clothes such as a T-shirt and track pants or yoga pants, preferably with the knees covered (to avoid mat abrasions).
What we do in class:
Aikido translates to: The Way of Harmony. Practice consists of partnered cooperative training. In pairs, students take turns to perform and receive techniques. Learn to redirect the lines of aggression using circular motions, and execute safe falls and tumbles. There are no competitive tournaments; rather, the emphasis is on the journey of the practice, beginners are welcome.
Class modification during COVID-19:
We have been using the bokken to foster aikido body movement with correct posture, proper alignment, minimal tension, and steady flow. No physical contact with partner and no mat work. Preventative safety measures and practice specific modifications are in place.