About Us

Rideau Lakes Aikido (Ten no Hikari Aikikokaido School of Aikido) is grounded in original teachings of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei.  We study a variety of mind, body, spirit exercises and self-defense technique training. We practice Aikikokaido defensive martial art techniques including with the staff, sword and knife as well as calligraphy and art.  

We focus on harmony while exploring the diamond, willow, flowing, air forms within Aikikokaido techniques.

Many thanks to Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei (Founder of Aikido); Rinjiro Shirata Sensei and Professor John Stevens Sensei for protecting and leading the way as well as for teaching Aikido all over the world with harmony, clarity and Light.

Masakatsu Agatsu Katsuhayabi!​
"True victory is self-victory, victory right here, right now!"


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In Aikikokaido we blend in a circular and flowing motion with attackers in order to harness their energy and unbalance them. They are then controlled with joint locks, pins and throws. Participants are taught how to safely fall from a throw.

We welcome people interested in studying and practicing along with us.

Head ​Instructor:  Janice Walter (16 years of daily practice).

Janice first began Aikido in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  Then in 2006 with the support of her Kingston teachers and friends and then later on with the ongoing support of Professor Stevens, Janice began teaching Aikikokaido in Rideau Lakes Township.  

Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei (1883 - 1969) was the Founder of Aikido. He taught nonviolence, the study of nature and that the Universe is our greatest teacher, our greatest friend.  O'Sensei said Aikido is a martial art of Love.

Rinjiro Shirata Sensei, 10th dan (1912 - 1993)  Shirata Sensei was a direct student of the Founder of Aikido from the age of 19, and he practiced and studied Aikido for 60 years.  Shirata Sensei was director of the All-Japan Aikido Federation for a number of years, and he created misogi no jo and misogi no ken that form an integral part of our Aikikokaido practice from his study of the movements of the Founder. Rinjiro Shirata Sensei maintained Aikido is a Path of Light.

Professor John Stevens Sensei, 7th dan (Aikido)  Professor Stevens is an Aikido Shihan (teacher of teachers) who has studied and taught Aikido all over the world. His Aikido teacher was Rinjiro Shirata Sensei. Professor Stevens Sensei created Classical Aikido.

John maintains that Aikido is Light. He continues to teach us through his literary and artistic works and his life by example.
O'Sensei and Shirata Sensei pictured on the cover of Aikido:  The Way of Harmony by John Stevens under the direction of Shirata Rinjiro. 
"The Universe is our greatest teacher, our greatest friend. It is always teaching us the Art of Peace."  

  Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei
  The Founder of Aikido

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