Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Paul began his Aikido training in Vancouver under Yukio Kawahara Sensei in 1988. He moved to Tokyo in 1994 to continue his training at the Aikido World Headquarters. In January of 2011 he received promotion to 5th Dan by Seijuro Masuda Sensei of the Aikido World Headquarters.
Andrew Sensei started Aikido in 2008 with prior experience in martial arts and aside from Aikido training he is a certified Red Cross Water Safety and First Aid Instructor. He came to Tokyo in 2013 to continue his Aikido training and passed his Nidan (2nd degree black belt) test in July 0f 2016 at the Aikido World Headquarters. He is focusing his wealth of teaching experience into streamlining the curriculum of the Pacific Aikido program.
We are very fortunate to have a number of skilled practitioners who volunteer their time to help us out. Also some of our more senior students make themselves available when needed to assist with the younger kids' classes. All of them are an integral part of keeping Pacific Aikido going strong with the best possible instruction we can provide.
From the start, the focus was to give students a chance to learn this unique Japanese martial art in an English speaking setting and ensure they have a great time in the process. These popular classes run at numerous international schools and clubs in the Tokyo and Yokohama areas.
Classes are held for both children and adults. The kids' classes are open to boys and girls from five years old and begin with a focus on basic techniques and proper behavior on the mats.
Discipline is a key element in Aikido and during class listening to the teachers is something that we always work on. The curriculum is based on grading guidelines established by the World Headquarters and while building on basics moves into learning more difficult variations of the techniques.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art with no competitions of any kind. Students do not rely on defeating others but rather focus on working together with their partner (not opponent) so that both can improve. This principal makes Aikido beneficial for all ages, especially children, teaching discipline, cooperation, and respect for others.
Students wear a keikogi (martial arts uniform) which can be ordered directly from Pacific Aikido.
The aim in the children's classes is to keep the kids involved and active from start to finish. Students begin working together on basic techniques then start with more difficult techniques in groups under supervision and move forward into working with partners for the majority of the class. Proper behavior on the mats and discipline are key elements in Aikido and during each class listening to the teachers and showing respect for others are always emphasized.
In the adults’ classes newer students work one-on-one with an instructor while more experienced students work with other partners. Students start to practice with partners other than teachers when they reach a certain level of proficiency and exhibit a sincere attitude on the mats.
The curriculum is based on grading guidelines established by the World Headquarters. Testing for higher levels takes place generally during a student’s third term of practice and several areas are looked at.
Students are eligible to test after approximately 30 hours of practice.
Technical skill: Everyone progresses at different rates. Teachers give individual attention to areas that need work to ensure the student is ready for testing.
Consistency in attendance: Students missing class on a regular basis can find it more difficult to improve at a regular pace. Making-up missed time is encouraged and can be arranged but missing two or three weeks and then making up time later is not the same as training regularly.
Attitude and focus: These play the biggest part in how students improve. A positive, healthy approach to training and to others is imperative. A poor attitude or a lack of focus on the mats is not only detrimental but can lead to unsafe situations.
Punctuality: Students, especially those testing for higher ranks should be on time. Those coming regularly late would not be considered ready for testing. Students who pass receive a certificate issued by the World Headquarters along with life-time membership and for children a new colored belt as well depending on the rank.
The focus for adults and childrens classes is similar, building on basics to create a solid foundation. By doing so students can progress into more difficult variations of the techniques at a pace they are comfortable with.
During the school year three terms are held starting in September, January, and April, the dates coinciding with international school calendars. Observation days are held each term which are open to all family members and special training seminars also run during some holiday times.
Training in Aikido only provides a great opportunity to experience a martial art, but it is also great for physical and mental fitness. The best part is that the classes are a lot of fun!
For more information about enrolling yourself or your child in this exciting program, please contact Paul Neuman and he will be happy to answer any questions you may have. He looks forward to hearing from you.
We have classes for kids and adults at various locations in and around Tokyo. Kids classes are open to boys and girls from five years old.
Terms begin in September, January, and April, and coincide with International School calendars. New students are welcome to join at the beginning of each term. Special summer classes also take place from mid-June to the end of June, and early July to mid-July.
During classes students wear a keikogi or martial arts uniform. Students who need a uniform can order one directly from Pacific Aikido.