Yoshinkan Aikido In Guelph - Shioda Style

You Won't Believe It, Until You Feel It!

Fun and practical martial art training for adults and kids

Are You Looking For A Different Martial Art Experience?

A non-aggressive approach

Technically challenging

Develop competent falling skills

Practical joint control applications you can actually use

A path of self development

A skillset you can teach your kids

Adult and Kids classes

A welcoming friendly group

Grand River Aikido - Tenchikan Dojo

Grand River Aikido was established in June 2007 .

Our dojo name translates to the House of Heaven and Earth. We focus on development of the necessary body skills that allow the expression of Aikido technique. We train to develop a united body that moves from the core. We also learn to use the force of gravity and our bodies own dynamically generated kinetic energy to power technique in a natural and strength free way.

Technique by itself is meaningless, however, by learning to control our own bodies, we learn to become powerful yet effortless. It is a truly fascinating study and what makes Aikido a life long journey of discovery.

Come and join us! You won't be disappointed.

Adult Aikido – Powerful Self-Defense Without Aggression

Aikido involves circular movements and the absorption and redirection of energy to generate techniques that redirect the body of an attacker. It is a defensive, non-aggressive art that places a high demand on focus and control.

The emphasis in training is on cooperation rather than competition. The movements of Aikido typically end in a pin or a throw. Students learn to develop falling skills that they will carry forward through life.

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.

We offer the opportunity to develop some unique physical skills. Train your body to use relaxed power versus brute strength. Become powerful yet effortless.

If you are a mature warrior looking for a strength free way to maintain your fitness and develop new skills or just someone looking for a road less traveled, Grand River Aikido offers a unique experience in martial arts training.

Kids Aikido – An Energetic And Fun Program

A fun and lively Aikido-based program that uses animal movements to build flexibility and coordination. Students learn the ways of the Mantis, Scorpion, Rabbit and other animals as they start their Aikido journey to hone their abilities including falling, conflict resolution and cooperative play.

Students build skills at their own pace, so you can join any time.

This is a unique opportunity to give your child the gift of confidence and caring.

Join Us For A Fun And Engaging Experience

Class Schedule

Adult Class - Monday: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Adult Class - Tuesday: 10:00am to 11:30am

Adult Class - Wednesday: 8:00pm to 9:30pm


Friday: CLOSED

Kids Class - Saturday: 10:45am to 11:45am

Sunday: CLOSED

We Offer Trial Classes

Thoughts From Our Students

I'm a black belt who just started training with Sensei Lee at Grand River Aikido. He has a very deep level of understanding and is a very high-calibre teacher with excellent technique. His insights and expertise keep my full attention throughout each class. Aikido is growing and Guelph is lucky to have this resource.

Aikido is an almost magical martial art created by one of the last true Japanese Samurais. The more you give up using strength, the better you get, because it's based on blending, redirecting, awareness, sensitivity, balance, and timing.

It's cooperative training, where you learn how to do techniques and have them done to you safely and without fighting. By the time you're a green belt, you'll be doing them at full speed with your partners, without injury, and you'll just keep getting better. It's also pretty cool and amazes your friends. :-)

People join because they resonate with the non-violent philosophy of using techniques that control people without hurting them unnecessarily, and stay because it's fun, effective, and fascinating to learn.

It's broken down and taught like a science across a growing network of Dojos connected to Japan and with time, you'll get the expertise to become a recognized Sensei yourself.

There's adults and kids classes. Drop in to watch or try a class for free.

John Reel

I'm from Japan and I've finally found this dojo after a long search. Sensei Lee is an amazing teacher and the other members are very supportive and patient.

Akino Mizutani

I started aikido at the age of 55. I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, but sensei Lee and the rest of the class encouraged me to try. Thanks to their help and patience I have already got my first belt. Aikido has given me a confidence I never had before, I walk a little taller and sit straighter. I'm getting more flexible all the time and can do forward and backward rolls. I have learned moves I never thought I could do. I can't thank everyone in class enough. I highly recommend Grand River Aikido to everyone.

Andrew Barclay

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Our Dojo Location

80B Lewis Rd, Guelph

519 766 6000


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