A class of adults students watching a demonstration

About the Program

Our Adult Program welcomes everyone aged 14 and up with an interest in learning Yoshinkan Aikido in a non-competitive and encouraging atmosphere. While we do follow a testing syllabus recognised by the Honbu Dojo in Japan, students train at their own pace and can start their training at any time.

Yoshinkan Aikido places emphasis on kihon dosa (basic movements) designed to develop proper posture and a strong center core. Through this form of repetitive training, we are constantly improving our attitude, flexibility, stamina and health.

In the Adult Program you will learn Aikido in high detail. As instructors we do our best to offer students guidance in mastering their technique.

Schedule

Greenwood

When?

Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Where?

École Rose-des-Vents
6 Bedford Rd,
Greenwood

Please see the map at the bottom of the page. The entrance is at the far end of the school.

Halifax

When?

Mondays and Wednesdays
from 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Where?

Trinity United Church
67 Trinity Way,
Timberlea, NS

Please see the map at the bottom of the page. Please use the entry from the back parking lot.

Instructors

Steve Nickerson, chief instructor, sits in seiza on training mats

Steve Nickerson, 6th Dan Shihan teaches class on Mondays in Halifax and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Greenwood. If you’d like to read more about him, please see our chief instructor page by clicking here.

Wednesday classes are taught by a rotation of senior ranked Yudansha (black belts) with a variety of experience. For more information on these instructors click here.

Training Fees

All students will be required to pay a yearly membership fee of $20.00 per year each September and immediately upon joining the Dojo for new members.

For families of the same household with three or more members, the maximum membership fee payable per family is $40.00 per year.

The membership will be from 1 September to 31 August. Membership fees will not be pro-rated.

Greenwood and Halifax

$45 / Month

$115 / 3 Months

Family plans are also available.
To read the full fee schedule, please click here.

What to bring to your first class

  • Proper training attire - sweat pants and T-shirt are okay!
  • A hair tie or elastic (if you have long hair).
  • Optional: A water bottle.
  • A great attitude!

When you arrive

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.
  • Please remove your shoes before entering the Dojo.
  • Please remove all loose jewelry and watches before training.
  • You will be asked to fill out a waiver and attendance form prior to training.
  • There will be a 10 minute warm-up at the start of class - if you require more time to stretch, you are welcome to do so prior to the start of the class.
  • If you have any questions or concerns on what to expect please ask - we are always happy to help!

Questions?

If you have any questions or would like to register for your first class, please visit our contact page by clicking here.

Patrick Potter

4th Dan


Patrick Potter, 4th Dan, started Aikido in 2000. Patrick is very active in supporting the operation of the Dojo and is one of the primary coordinators of the Wednesday night training. Patrick has attended many clinics with senior instructors. Patrick teaches both the adult and children’s classes.

Zan Rosborough

4th Dan


Alexander (Zan) Rosborough, 4th Dan, started Aikido in 1999. Zan has attended many clinics with top instructors from across North America and Japan. Zan has visited Japan in 2004 and again in 2005 during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Yoshinkan Aikido. Zan teaches both adult and children’s classes at the Makotokan Dojo.

Jamie Corlett

4th Dan


Jamie Corlett, 4th Dan, started Aikido at the age of 7 in 1997 and attained the rank of Junior 2nd Degree Black Belt in the Children’s program in 2005. Jamie was the first Yoshinkan Aikido Junior Black Belt in Eastern Canada. In 2015, Jamie trained intensively at the Honbu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Jamie is an instructor for both the adult and children’s programs.

Dave Kay

4th Dan


Dave Kay, 4th Dan, started Aikido in 2001. Dave has attended many clinics with senior instructors from across North America. Dave has taken an active roll in supporting the operation of the Dojo as the main coordinator of the Wednesday night training. Dave is very active in teaching both the adult and children’s classes at the Makotokan Dojo.