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04-30-2004, 06:27 PM
Hi my name is Gerson and I am a newbie in aikiweb. I was just wondering how many of you posters live and practice in the great city of Toronto. I am recently looking for a dojo around the downtown area. :cool: Since I am new here also in Toronto, I would like to get to know people who practice and where they train. I would like to visit the aikido yoshinkai at 399 Yonge St. and would be visiting next week. If you practice in that dojo give me a holla.


04-30-2004, 06:36 PM
Hi Gerson,

Thank you for your introduction! Kimeda sensei is definitely a gem in Toronto. There are also a lot of other dojo in the city, though, so make sure you take a look around!

-- Jun

04-30-2004, 06:43 PM
is he the same guy doing the demo at aikidoonline? Kimeda Sensei? hmmmm...or I dont know.
but if he is that would be swell.
Have you met Kimeda sensei??

04-30-2004, 07:28 PM

There is a lot of really fine aikido in Toronto. I don't know the Yoshinkan folks, but know a number of Aikikai folks including Fran Turner Sensei and Bob Zimmerman Sensei, both of whom are excellent aikidoka and I would recommend either of them.

best, Rachel (from Michigan, but comes to Toronto often)

04-30-2004, 07:48 PM
where does Bob Zimmerman and Fran Turner Sensei practice? I havent found them on the dojo search of the aikiweb....hmmmm...

thanks for the advice

04-30-2004, 09:42 PM
hey there im also training at AYC what kyu are you at man?

04-30-2004, 10:13 PM
Hi Gerson,

Yes, I have met Kimeda sensei as well as Turner sensei. Both Fran Turner sensei and Robert Zimmerman sensei are in the AikiWeb Dojo Search Engine (http://www.aikiweb.com/search). Just search for their last name individually in the Instructor field. You can also do a search for "Toronto" in the city field.

-- Jun

05-01-2004, 06:24 AM
From a personal prospective, I know all of the following people and have found them all to be forthwright and sincere teachers. Fran Turner Sensei is a friend, and I give her five stars. Everyone on this list below bears checking out. There are also a bunch of Yoshinkai dojos in town, but I don't know any of the teachers personally, so maybe someone who does can speak up and give recommendations on that end.

You are lucky to be in a city with so much talent and diversity!

Dojo Aikido Hokuryukai (single)

Address: 9100 Bathurst St.; Toronto, ON L4J 8C7
Country: Canada
Contact: 28 Unity Rd., Toronto, ON Canada M4J 5A4
Instructors: Yumi Nakamura, 5th dan; James Barnes, 4th dan
Phone: (416) 465-2823
Schedule: TuTh 7:30-9 pm; Su 11am-1pm
E-mail: aikido@rogers.com
URL: http://members.rogers.com/aikido
Style: Aikikai
Affiliation: Canadian Aikido Federation
Admin: [?] Last Updated: April 25th, 2003
by aikido@rogers.com

Dojo Aikido Sandokai Dojo (single)

Address: 427 Bloor St. W; Toronto, ON M5S 1S7
Country: Canada
Contact: 1444 Dupont Street, Unit # 6, Toronto, Ontario,Canada, M6P 4H3
Instructors: Laura Holmes, 3rd dan
Phone: (416) 651-2807
E-mail: sandokai@sympatico.ca
URL: http://www.aikido-sandokai.com
Style: Aikikai
Affiliation: CAF
Admin: [?] Last Updated: April 5th, 2004
by sandokai@sympatico.ca

Dojo Aikido Seishinkai (single)

Address: 89 Curlew Drive; Toronto, ON
Country: Canada
Contact: 122 St Andrews Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada , M1P 4C7
Instructors: George Hewson, 5th dan
Phone: (416) 439-8541
E-mail: aikido@interlog.com
URL: http://www.interlog.com/~aikido
Style: Aikikai
Affiliation: Canadian Aikido Federation
Admin: [?] Last Updated: July 2nd, 2000

Dojo Aikido Shugyo Dojo (single)

Address: 271 Broadview Avenue; Toronto, ON M4K 2G8
Country: Canada
Instructors: Fran Turner, 4th dan
Phone: (416) 469-4846
E-mail: fturner@interlog.com
URL: http://www.shugyo.com
Style: Aikikai
Affiliation: Canadian Aikido Federation
Admin: [?] Last Updated: March 10th, 1999

Dojo Aikido Tendokai (single)

Address: 23 Grange Rd.; Toronto, ON M5T 1C3
Country: Canada
Contact: 379 Ashdale Ave., Toronto, ON M4L 2Z3
Instructors: Yumi Nakamura, 5th dan
Phone: (416) 465-2823
Schedule: MWThFSa
E-mail: jbarnes@interlog.com
URL: http://interlog.com/~jbarnes
Style: Aikikai
Affiliation: CAF
Admin: [?] Last Updated: October 24th, 1999

Dojo Toronto Aikikai (single)

Address: 58 Ritchie Ave.; Toronto, ON M6R 2J9
Country: Canada
Instructors: Robert Zimmermann, 6th dan
Phone: (416) 531-8273
Schedule: M-F 6-8:15pm; Sa 10:30am-1:15pm; Su 10-11am
E-mail: robertz@torontoaikikai.com
URL: http://www.torontoaikikai.com
Style: Aikikai
Affiliation: USAF East

05-01-2004, 11:28 AM
just to comment on AYC, its a great place to train especially if you want to work hard. All 3 instructors there really know what they are doing, besides Kimeda whos 8th dan the other 2 are 5th and 6th dan respecively. They also have alot of black belts there which makes training easier because at the low kyus is always 1 on 1 with a senior. If u do decide to join, make sure you eventually get to a Fri. class and see if u can get through it without your gi looking like you just jumped in a pool :)

05-04-2004, 03:11 PM
thank you so much ppl.
very helpful...I will be looking forward to training