Golden Triangle Aikido


Stefan Sensei teaching a
seminar in Mexico.
Photo: Carlos Montes de Oca

Golden Triangle Aikido is an Aikikai Affiliated Dojo, practising Iwama Ryu style Aikido. Chief instructor of the Golden Triangle Aiki Shuren Dojo, Stefan Barton, is a Rokudan (6th dan) under the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. It is the largest Aikido organization in the world and is headed by the Founder’s grandson, known as the Doshu.

Stefan Sensei, started Aikido in 1989. He lived in Japan for over two and a half years and trained as an uchideshi (live-in apprentice) to both Kawabe Shigeru Shihan (7th dan) in Akita City, Akita Prefecture and Saito Morihiro Shihan (9th dan) in Iwama Machi, Ibaragi Prefecture.

Despite the sad passing of Saito Morihiro Shihan (9th dan), and Kawabe Shigeru Shihan (7th dan), Stefan Sensei continues to train in California and Japan, studying under the tutelage of Pat Hendricks Shihan (7th dan) and the successor of Iwama Ryu, Saito Hitohiro Shihan (8th dan).

In addition to personally instructing classes, four days a week, Stefan Sensei teaches high school in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.


Schedule

Monday

6:15 – 7:15 a.m. Taijutsu
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Taijutsu
7:00 – 7:45 p.m. Bukiwaza

Wednesday

5:00 – 5:55 p.m. Children’s Class
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Taijutsu
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Bukiwaza

Friday

6:15 – 7:15 a.m. Taijutsu

Saturday

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Taijutsu
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Bukiwaza

Taijutsu: empty hand (weaponless) techniques
Bukiwaza: weapon techniques


Stefan Sensei guest teaching at Shugyo dojo in Toronto.

Classes

At the Golden Triangle Aikido dojo, students are taught in a challenging and structured atmosphere in a traditional manner. Key principles of teaching are followed:

  • care and respect for the student
  • individualized instruction
  • achieve your potential by mastering the basics and then progressing to more advanced techniques
  • the basic techniques are the core foundation to understanding the fundamentals of Aikido

Adult Classes

Adult class sizes are managed to maintain an individualized system. Come and try a class for free or enroll in a beginner’s course. All you need are track pants and a T-shirt. Check the schedule for times or call 519-577-8235 for more information.

Each student chooses to study a martial art for their own personal reasons. Here at Golden Triangle Aikido students are studying Aikido because:

  • “It has practical applications.”
  • “It’s good for me physically.”
  • “My confidence has increased.”
  • “I have better control of my emotions.”
  • “I was attracted to the art by it’s philosophy.”
  • “It is a great stress reliever.”

Children’s Classes

Children are our future, and in today’s society they are largely ignored. This leads to low self-esteem and a lack of confidence, which can follow them into adulthood. Keeping this in mind, we strive to meet the following goals:

  • The development and expansion of physical and mental awareness.
  • The improvement of flexibility.
  • The improvement of interpersonal relationships among children.
  • The elevation of self-esteem and improvement of self-confidence.

Instruction is initially centered around physical exercises designed to improve the motor skills and increase physical coordination. After introducing these exercises and achieving the desired results, the children are then taught how to fall without hurting themselves. Overcoming the fear of falling is vital to the elevation of self-confidence. After the students are comfortable with falling, (basic martial arts principles of movement ), the children are given basic instruction in the techniques of Aikido. Class sizes are managed to provide individualized instruction. Parents are welcome to train with their child and other parents. Come and try a class, just wear track pants and a T-shirt.


Fees

Beginner’s Course Special – 1 month
Adults/students – $50, includes uniform
Children – $30, include uniform

Regular Fees
Single class – $15.00
Adults – $85/month (up to 8 classes offered /week)
Students – $70/month (up to 8 classes offered /week)
Annual registration – $55/year

Children’s classes – $50/month (1 class/week on Wednesdays)
Additional siblings – $45/month (1 class/week on Wednesdays)

Families/couples – Please inquire
Private/semi-private classes – Please inquire


Contact

Phone:
519-577-8235

Email:
sensei@goldentriangleaikido.ca

We also have a group email list. If you wish to subscribe to the list, please
email Sensei.

Mail:
93 King St. West, 3rd Floor
Kitchener, ON
Canada N2G 1A7

You are welcome to visit us on the third floor of building. Please feel free to drop by any scheduled class to meet the instructor, and get more information about our programme.

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Lineage

O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba
(12/14/1883 – 4/26/1969)

O-Sensei

After he intensively studied various swordfighting and jujutsu styles, Ueshiba became famous as one of the strongest men in Japan. In 1919, he turned towards the spiritual, pacifistic teachings of the Omoto religion and started to develop the Art of Peace. In 1942, in the midst of the chaos of World War II, O-Sensei moved to the small country town of Iwama and named his new martial art Aikido. There he continued to practice, teach and refine Aikido until he passed away in 1969.

Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan, Aikikai)
(3/31/1928 – 5/12/2002)

Saito Sensei

Being an Iwama native, Morihiro Saito started training in Aikido in 1946 and became not only a student, but a close confidante of O-Sensei for the following 23 years, making him the longest student of the founder. After the founder’s death, he was put in charge of the Iwama dojo and became the guardian of the Aiki-shrine. Today, he is also known for his books, his clear and structured way of teaching, and the organization of the huge number of techniques that comprise Iwama-Ryu Aikido.

Shigeru Kawabe Sensei (7th Dan, Aikikai)
(9/1939 – 2/28/2003)

Kawabe Sensei

Kawabe Shihan was born in November 1939 in Tokyo, Japan. Throughout his life, he trained in various martial arts including Aikido, Judo, Jukendo (bayonet), and Karate. His major influences in Aikido came from the direction of such masters as the 2nd Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Rinjiro Shirata, Morihiro Saito, and Hiroshi Isoyama, to name a few.

Shortly before his passing, he had retired from the Aikido positions of vice-president of the Northern Japan Region (Tohoku) and president of the Akita-branch. Until his death, he held a position on the board of the All Japan Aikido Federation (Aikikai), granted to only sixteen individuals within the country. Master Kawabe taught throughout Japan as well as overseas, traveling 22 times to countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. He was founder and chief-instructor of Akita Aiki Shuren Dojo, located in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan.

Pat Hendricks Sensei (7th Dan, Aikikai)

Hendricks Sensei

In 1975, Pat Hendricks started her Aikido career in Monterey, California. Since 1977, she has traveled frequently to Japan for extended periods of time to study as a live-in student under Saito Sensei in Iwama. Her own dojo, Aikido of San Leandro, attracts students from all over the world, including Japan. Pat Sensei holds the highest degree possible in Aiki Ken and Jo Certification, and is certified to test for the United States.

Stefan Barton Sensei (6th Dan, Aikikai)

Barton Sensei

Chief instructor of the Golden Triangle Aiki Shuren Dojo, Stefan Barton is a Rokudan (6th dan) under the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. It is the largest Aikido organization in the world and is headed by the Founder’s grandson, known as the Doshu.

Stefan Sensei started Aikido in 1989. He lived in Japan for over two and a half years and trained as an uchideshi (live-in apprentice) to both Kawabe Shigeru Shihan (7th dan) in Akita City, Akita Prefecture and Saito Morihiro Shihan (9th dan) in Iwama Machi, Ibaragi Prefecture.

Stefan Sensei continues to train on yearly trips to California or Japan to study under the tutelage of Pat Hendricks Sensei and, since the passing of Saito Morihiro Shihan, his son and successor Saito Hitohiro Shihan (8th dan). In addition to personally instructing most classes, Stefan Sensei teaches high school in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.