Congratulations – Sensei

The Aikido Institute of Newfoundland are very proud to announce Sensei Dermot McDonalds promotion to 7th Dan as posted by the Aikikai today, a sincere congrats to Sensei on his New Year promotion! A long and distinguished Aikido journey, well recognized in this manner.

Screenshot from announcement

We all feel priviliged to have practiced under Sensei McDonald, and we are sure Sensei Graham Burt would be very proud to see this moment!

Sensei in seiza

Congratulations Sensei.


Sensei McDonald has written a document describing what Aikido really means. Please take a look and help learn some of the reasons we practice this wonderful martial art.

Download the PDF file –Here–

Congratulations Neil

A very big CONGRATULATIONS  to Neil Quigley on the acquisition of his 5th dan – after many years of dedicated training and for being such a strong and essential part of the workings of the dojo: preparations for seminars, caring for injured visitors, collections at the door, instructing, hosting socials, and even accommodating senseis in his home for weekends. So, thank you, Neil, for all your generous and kind assistance over the many years – it has not gone unnoticed

Happy New Year – 2020

The Insitute hopes that all had a Merry Christmas, and would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year for 2022. The Pandemic once again has resulting in the club needing to shutdown for a while, but we all hope to be back on the mats before too long.

In the meantime, hopefully all have a safe start to the year!


The Aikido Institute would like to congratulate Jim Sinnott for being promoted to 5th Dan – Godan.

It requires much practice and great dedication to attain this respected level, and Jim is truly deserving.

We would like to thank Jim for all of his help with club business over the years, and look forward to many more years of sharing this wonderful martial art together.


AikidoNL Finds a New Home

The Aikido Institute is very happy to announce that we have resumed practice at a new location at the PowerPlex on Crosbie Road in St. John’s.

After a very challenging time for all during the pandemic, we are all so happy to be back on the mats, and enjoying this wonderful art.

Sensei and Paul.
So happy to be back.
Sensei and Dwight – Demonstration.

Merry Christmas

The Aikido Institute would like to wish all a safe Merry Chrismas and Happy New Year to you and your families.

2020 has been a significant challenge, and we look forward to put it behind us. However, the pandemic appears to be far from over, so please all try and stay safe and diligent. We look forward to the opportunity to get back to regular practice and enjoy this wonderful Art that is Aikido.

Happy New Year

The Aikido Institute Hope all have had a great Christmas Holiday, and wish all a Happy New Year!.

Classes will resume on Tuesday January 7th, 2020. We look forward to seeing all on the mats.

Christmas Schedule

Here’s what’s up for the next 2 weeks: 

  • Saturday 14 December: Class is cancelled (school event).
  • Tuesday 17 December: Marcel’s grading…please come out and show support! .
  • Saturday 21 December: Last class for 2019!  This class will be from noon till 1:00 pm, then we have a Christmas Luncheon. 
    • This event is FREE for members – paid for by Aikido Institute, served at the Knights of Columbus building next door. 
    • Lunch is a choice of fish or chicken fingers with home cut fries, dressing, and gravy – along with 1 ticket for the beverage of your choice.