- C$20 for one month of unlimited 1.5-hour aikido classes (C$40 value)<p>
Equipment: Presently 800 square feet of gymnastics mats
Students should bring: Wear loose-fitting clothing (sweats) with long sleeves and legs.
Average class length: More than 90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Tony Cumby, President. Instructor - Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We teach the Japanese martial art aikido. Our instructors are volunteers and have other professions. Practice is self-paced in that you can get a workout as intense or moderate as you wish by changing position on the mats. Aikido has a structured grading system, but the rate—number of classes—at which members practice determines the speed of advancement. Members can choose to attend any or all weekly classes without missing essential instruction. Classes are composed of several techniques from several attacks, and each is individual, meaning that each class is unique and classes are not required to be attended consecutively. All missed techniques are repeated periodically.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
At 13 years old, I was a victim of violence, having been severely beaten by three teens. Once I recovered, I joined an aikido class and have practiced ever since.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Aikido is a nonviolent art that does not teach members how to attack, but rather to manage the energy offered by an attacker to gain advantage of balance and position to immobilize the assailant without the need for deliberate injury.