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Club Dec 2007

First Day of Class

If you are joining us for the first time, please show up to class 10 minutes early to check in with the instructors, sign a waiver, and help set up the mats. If you do not have a dogi please wear loose comfortable clothing that you can stretch in. Long pants and sleeves are strongly recommended. Make sure your nails are trimmed, and that you can remove your jewelery.


Etiquette is an important part of Aikido. Please read over the Victoria Aikikai Etiquette Guidlines as they apply at UVic as well. When in doubt, common courtesy and patience are always good etiquette!

Beginner's Handout


Japanese Terminology

Aikido is a Japanese martial art. Many Japanese phrases and terms are used. It is not necessary to learn all these in the first week, but if mystified, please have a look at the bottom of Victoria Aikikai Etiquette Guidlines


We have a variety of members from fresh, first year university students to not-so-fresh graduate students as well as several staff and community members. Overall our dojo maintains a youthful atmosphere due to the large influx of beginning students from our ever-popular Athletics & Rec course.


UVic Aikikai started out as a branch dojo of the Victoria Aikikai. Having a space and time at UVic (University of Victoria) was convenient as, over the years, we've always had dedicated students and instructors who have been attending, instructing or working in the large UVic community. A number of people have been in the role of Sensei over the years including Job Groot, Allen Drengson, Ralph Kopperson, Ben Peacock, Michael Smorhay, Mark Chin and our current Chief Instructor, Hilary Dawson. (If you have any stories, anecdotes or comments about UVic Aikikai's past we would love to here from you - we'd like to expand both the size and accuracy of these parts of our pages. Please e-mail your information to:


  • Hilary Dawson (godan)
  • Perry Plewes (sandan)
  • Jason Verbitsky (sandan)

Test sheets


Club retreat Oct 2007

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