Norine Longmire,  is a 5th degree black belt. She holds the title of Shidoin (Senior Instructor). Norine Sensei teaches Iaido and weapons classes. Norine is a professional yoga instructor and holds ongoing classes and workshops in Mission and Abbotsford.

Charles Aarons, Chief Instructor is a 6th degree black belt, Shidoin (Senior Insructor), Dojo Founder. Charles Sensei studied under T.K. Chiba Shihan.. Charles Sensei focuses on technical and martial aspects in training. He also holds a black belt in Goju Ryu Karate. He is a professional musician and volunteers regularly at the local hospice. 

Aikido Takayama is a member dojo of Birankai North America and is affiliated with the Aikikai Hombu dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Our organization was founded by T.K. Chiba Shihan, an original student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido and known as O Sensei. Aikido Takayama's training programs are led by Birankai Certified Instructors. We offer a welcoming spirit to all new members. 

Our instructors are certified through Birankai and ranks are recognized at Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan. 

 

OUR DOJO'S MISSION

 

  • Offer aikido empty hand & weapons training and iaido as our teachers direct us
  • Welcoming environment to all members of the community
  • Train with rigor, commitment, respectfullness and responsibly 
  • Ongoing teacher & student development thru seminars in the larger aikido community
  • Present no pressure for belt or rank achievement
  • Community involvement through demonstrations and regular open houses. IE: family day!

 

Mark Goudsblom, Assistant Instructor, is a 2nd degree black belt. Mark holds the title of Fuku Shidoin (instructor) He began aikido in 2009 with Charles Sensei and travels with his senseis regularly to seminars for continued learning and training opportunities. Mark teaches the Monday and Wednesday evening classes. His eye for detail and compassion make him a wonderful instructor. 

OUR TEACHERS

 

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