ABOUT NAKA IMA AIKIKAI AIKIDO

Naka Ima Aikikai was informally founded back in December 2003, when Greg Angus returned to Japan to visit his Aikido teacher, Endo Shihan, at his dojo in Saku for “O Shogatsu” (New Year celebration). During this visit, Greg asked Endo Shihan, and was given permission, to open a new Aikido martial arts dojo in Canada.

Once back in Toronto, Greg, along with Ramin Arvin and other members of the local Aikido community, officially launched Naka Ima Aikikai. The Aikido dojo's first location in Etobicoke opened in 2004, offering beginner and advanced martial art classes to both adults and children starting from 5 years old. Naka Ima has also hosted an annual seminar with Endo Shihan, with participants coming from all over world.

Naka Ima, which literally translates to "inside now", is the name given to the dojo by Endo Shihan. It means "to be present in the moment" and reminds us not to be caught up in the past or to dream idly of the future, but rather to be mindful of each moment.

At Naka Ima Aikikai, we work on developing the physical body through vigorous flowing practice as well as on calming the inner self through breathing and continued focus on one's center. This results in connecting through motion.

We also believe in creating a positive energy within the local community by fostering cooperation, connectedness and use of non-aggressive means to resolve conflict. The emphasis of our martial arts practice is on "ki musubi" or the binding together of energy as opposed to resistance or clashing of energy.

Naka Ima is affiliated with the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters at Hombu Dojo in Japan.