Steve Nickerson sits in seiza
Steve Nickerson performing a throw on a student
Steve Nickerson leading a class into basic movements
Steve Nickerson performing a throw on a student

Steve Nickerson Shihan

6th Dan

The Makotokan Dojo Chief Instructor, Steve Nickerson Shihan, is a 6th Degree Black Belt whose international teaching license and Black Belt certificate were issued by the Honbu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Nickerson Shihan began his Aikido training in 1992 and served as the Chief Instructor of the Buseikan Dojo in Borden, Ontario until 1997. During this time, he was involved in an intensive program of Aikido training at the Seidokan Dojo. As a result of the training and support he received, Nickerson Shihan received his Shodan and instructors certificate directly from Soke Gozo Shioda in 1994.

In 1995, Nickerson Shihan was a participant in the first ever International Instructor’s Gasshuku held in Japan. During his stay in Japan, Nickerson Shihan received training from the highest ranked Yoshinkan Aikido Instructors in the world. That same year, he was honoured by the Canadian Forces when he was awarded with the Canadian Forces Command Athlete of the Year in recognition of his leadership, service to the community and his accomplishments in Yoshinkan Aikido.

While serving in the Canadian Forces, Nickerson Shihan relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he established the opening of his new Dojo, the Makotokan, in 1997. While in Halifax, he served on a Canadian Patrol Ship. During his tour, Nickerson Shihan served on the Ship’s Boarding Team where he obtained further training in Empty Hand Control, Mechanical Restraints, Intermediate Weapons and Small Arms. Nickerson Shihan also holds certification in Pressure Point and Unarmed Tactics and has conducted seminars to several groups including Infantry Unarmed Combat, Military Police, Law Enforcement and Naval Boarding Team personnel.

Nickerson Shihan left the Canadian Forces in 1999 after serving 12 years and receiving the Canadian Decoration (CD Medal). In 2001, he moved from Halifax and opened a second Dojo in Greenwood, Nova Scotia under the Makotokan name. In addition to operating both Dojos, Nickerson Shihan owns and operates his own business, a Philatelic Proprietorship. Nickerson Shihan also teaches Aikido curriculums at several Private and Public Schools and provides technical support to Aikido Dojos in New Brunswick and elsewhere. Nickerson Shihan also provides defensive tactics training to law enforcement and military personnel and provides women’s self defense instruction in specialty clinics. Nickerson Shihan is dedicated to furthering the growth of Yoshinkan Aikido and works tirelessly to this end.

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

Halifax Dojo

Trinity United Church

67 Trinity Way

Timberlea, NS

Greenwood Dojo

École Rose-des-Vents

6 Bedford Rd,

Greenwood, NS 

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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.