Island Aikido

Powerful Self-Defence Without Aggression

NEW!! Sign up for the Fall 2023 session through the Saanich Recreation activity program: Shioda Aikido

Island Aikido has classes at the Prospect Lake Community Centre, Sparton Rd, Saanich.

Classes are taught by world-class instructors. A comprehensive and effective martial art, regular classes in Aikido can provide the basis for a stronger, more coordinated and supple body and disciplined mind. Aikido is fun and provides an absorbing way to maintain health, vitality and a balanced outlook on life.

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What is Aikido?
General Information About Aikido

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Aikido involves circular movements and techniques to redirect the energy and body of an attacker. It is a defensive, non-aggressive art. The emphasis in training is on cooperation rather than competition. The circular movements of Aikido typically end in a pin or a throw. Students learn to look after each other and themselves so that throws and pins can be practised safely.

The observation of personal safety and security in training permit very powerful techniques to be developed and practised. Timing is more important than speed, sensitivity more important than strength, flowing (harmony) with your partner is more important than aggression. Because of this Aikido is ideal for children, youth, women and men of all ages.

Experienced students learn to defend themselves against multiple unarmed and armed attacks. Many Aikido techniques are derived from the circular sword movements of the Samurai and weapons training is a part of Aikido. Aikido training is fun, relieves stress, improves physical fitness, and can promote mental health and a more positive outlook.


Island Aikido is affiliated with the Shioda International Aikido Federation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Our dojo (place of training) is registered as the Shinbukan Dojo through the SIAF. Ranks issued by Island Aikido are recognized internationally.

Instructors are ranked by Honbu dojo in Japan.

Island Aikido is a non-profit society registered in British Columbia. Fees go only to the overhead of running our club: rent, insurance, etc. Our instructors give freely of their time as volunteers.


We also have several black belt ranked club members & regular high ranked guest instructors from Japan and elsewhere.

Curriculum and Ranking

Island Aikido provides separate curriculum for children, youth and adults. Ranking is through a colour belt system leading to black belt levels. Progress at each individual's pace is achieved through a steady, organized teaching structure. Instructor registration with the SIAF enables dan ranking capability to 5th degree black belt with certificates issued by Japan. A focus at the club is on the development of new instructors.

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