What is Aikido?
Aikido is a martial art developed and refined in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido literally translates to:
…or the way to harmonize energy.
Combining practical self-defense movements derived from Kenjutsu (sword techniques) and Jujutsu (supple techniques), Aikido is a unique method of self-defence equally adaptable against single or multiple attackers.
The physical side of Aikido involves joint manipulation, throws, and ukemi (taking a fall). We work with our partner’s momentum in order to redirect and control it. The mental side of Aikido practice involves developing concentration, focus, and calmness. If our minds are not calm, our techniques won’t be smooth or effective.
In our classes we develop our bodies through vigorous and safe practice both through empty hand and weapons training. With regular and committed practice, Aikido offers the benefit of learning self-defense, as well as the opportunity to improve and enrich yourself both physically and mentally.
About Budoka Aikikai
Budoka Aikikai translates to “practitioners of the martial way through aikido”. Our aim at Budoka Aikikai is to foster a vigorous, friendly and safe Aikido practice while developing a calm, focused and martial mindset.
Budoka Aikikai has been operating in Sudbury for over 20 years and was officially founded in April of 2000. Classes began at the Sudbury YMCA, a successful program that lasted over 16 years. In January of 2016, Budoka Aikikai moved to its current location at 1177 Barrydowne Road in Sudbury inside Uchi Martial Arts in partnership with Sensei Alex Aubertin who runs a traditional Karate dojo. Budoka Aikikai is a member dojo of Aikido Isshinkai Association and hosts many Aikido seminars with guest instructors from all over the world, such has Greg Angus Sensei (Naka Ima Aikikai, Toronto, Canada), Matti Joensuu Sensei (Kimusubi Aikido Dojo, Villach, Austria) and Dirk Müller Sensei (Shoshin Dojo, Hamburg, Germany), all of whom are students of Endo Shihan (Aikido Saku Dojo, Saku, Japan).
Guy Pharand is a godan in Aikido (5th-degree black belt) with his rank recognized by the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Guy has practised martial arts for over 30 years and is also a nidan (2nd-degree black belt) in Goju Ryu Karate.
Guy began teaching Aikido at the Sudbury YMCA in 2000. Due to his efforts in promoting Aikido in the Sudbury community, Guy was awarded the Volunteer Recognition Award for the Adult Program from the Sudbury YMCA in 2002. He continued volunteering teaching Aikido at the Sudbury YMCA for over 16 years.
In 2004, Guy visited Naka Ima Aikikai where he was introduced to Greg Angus Sensei. This would be the first of many visits to Naka Ima Aikikai when Guy would begin travelling to Toronto to train regularly where he presently continues to develop his Aikido.
Greg Angus Sensei is a rokudan in Aikido (6th-degree black belt) who lived in Japan for 10 years, practicing Aikido primarily under the direction of Endo Shihan.
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