We offer the following martial arts classes at Naka Ima:


Aikido is a self-defensive and non-competitive martial art that can be practiced by kids and adults of all ages. In addition to developing self-confidence and staying active, children learn to work together leading to greater respect for each other. For adults, participants not only get a full body workout that results in overall fitness, additional benefits include stress relief, increased flexibility, stamina and strength. It is an excellent way to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

The fundamental principle behind Aikido is the harmonization of energy, which is why Aikido is practiced with a partner. By blending with your partner's attack, you can safely redirect their force, resulting in a throw or pin. With a focus on developing your centre and awareness, Aikido can help provide you with the means to peacefully resolve conflict and avoid violence. It is also a great way to reduce stress, keep fit and stay healthy.


Naka Ima offers kenjutsu classes through Toronto Kenjutsu, a martial arts group dedicated to the practice of classical Japanese swordsmanship - specifically the style of Katori Shinto Ryu, as taught by Master Sugino Yukihiro. Toronto Kenjutsu was founded in 2007 by Corey Reid with the intention of bringing classical Katori Shinto Ryu swordsmanship to Toronto.


Naka Ima offers Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate to men and women of all ages. Traditional karate is a means to character development attainable through hard training and sweat. This is achieved through the five guiding principles of character, sincerity, effort, etiquette, and self-control. These principles guide the karate-ka along the path to the art of karate-do. Karate is also an excellent form of physical education and fitness that promotes a balance between academic and physical education.

The Naka Ima Karate Club is a member of the International Karate Daigaku Honbu (IKD), an organization composed of 50 regional organizations in 30 countries throughout the world.

In sport, karate allows contestants to test their skills in competition. Although traditionally karate was practiced as a form of self defense, tournaments allow the karate-ka to develop their skills against trained competitors thereby increasing the effectiveness of technique during combat scenarios. Whether one is seeking physical, mental, psychological, or spiritual fulfillment, the art of traditional karate-do may be the answer and is available at any IKD Honbu Dojo.


Not sure if Aikido is for you? Attend any one of our regularly scheduled classes and try it out for yourself.

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