Welcome to Masa Kokoro Aikido Dojo

Ben Lim sensei welcomes all Aikido students, locally and abroad, to visit and train at his newly built dojo at 4630 16 Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We are promoting the Masa Kokoro Aikido Lifestyle training to enhance your health welfare.

Masakokoro's New Dojo (Photo by Enrico Noel)

Masa Kokoro's New Dojo

Aikido is a Japanese martial art performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical energy, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) “leads” the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements.

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Pronunciation of Japanese Aikido Terms

Counting
Term Brief translation Pronunciation
Ichi, ni, san, shi, go,
roku, shichi, hachi, kyu, jyu
One through ten.

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Important Names and Terms
Term Brief translation Pronunciation
Aikido Japanese martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba

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Aikidoka One who practices aikido.

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Sempai A senior student.

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Kohai A junior student.

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Domo arigatou gozaimashita Thank you very much.

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Onegaishimasu Please (train with me).

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  • Shikko


    The practice of Shikko (or “knee-walking”), which has become an integral part of Aikido training, was originally developed when Japanese feudal lords required that all their followers remain on their knees while in the lord’s presence. It later developed into a formal movement in many Samurai ceremonies.

  • Aikido Facts


    Aikido was among the first martial arts freed from the ban imposed on their practice by the US government after World War II.

    In some areas, Japanese police officers are required to hold at least a Shodan (black belt) in Aikido.

  • What is Aikido?


    This noncompetitive Japanese martial art aims to harmonize energy with that of a partner or opponent in order to achieve both physical and emotional mastery through peaceful resolution. Aikido literally means the path to the coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Aikido is a defensive system of continuous, circular motions, combining many of the fluid, dance-like movements of t’ai chi along with more subtle, stylized techniques. When practiced properly, successful defense is achieved through minimal action. Originally seen as a combination of religion and martial arts, aikido was created by Morehei Ueshiba in the early twentieth century.

  • Inaba Sensei


    Yasuhisa (Yas) Inaba Sensei was born November 26, 1952 in Osaka, Japan. He married Keiko Inaba and immigrated to Calgary in 1980. Yas began his career in Canada as a petroleum engineer, as well as to begin his own dojo as a teaching master of Aikido. He later began his own business, practising and teaching acupuncture and shiatsu. Yas obtained his sixth degree black belt in Aikido and title of Shihan. Yas took great pride in teaching his children the art of Aikido and was very proud of their accomplishments. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, teacher, healer and friend. He will be dearly missed by all his family, patients, friends and students.(November 26, 1952 – January 26, 2009)

  • Hakama


    What is the name of the kind of skirt the aikidoka’s wear?

    Hakama. It was originally worn by samurai’s and is used to conceal the movind of the legs. It depends on the dojo where you’re in if the wearing of it is permitted when you’re not a shodan.

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