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Aikido Summer Camp in Kelowna, Canada

Join the 5th annual Canadian Aikido Federation Camp held in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada which coincides with the 30th anniversary celebration of the host dojo Okanagan Aikikai. Joining this camp will grant you 1 week of great training with one of the traditional Aikido dojos. You will also get a chance for dan grading during the camp.


  • Training daily
  • Training with great instructor
  • Banquet provided on last day of camp
  • Explore British Columbia campus
  • Dan grading opportunities
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will be staying at University of British Columbia Okanagan Dorm rooms. Most rooms have kitchen facilities within or close by.

- Aikido - Overview Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 - 1969), an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido has no competition. The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skills, but rather improving one's character according to the rules of nature. - Features of Aikido Aikido training is intended to promote physical and mental training, according to the proficiency level of each skill and repeatedly practice so anyone can practice. Aikido training is not only good for health, but also develops self-confidence naturally for daily life. The dojo is a ideal place to deepen the understanding of the human eye, to meet people regardless of age, sex, and occupation. - Aikido Worldwide Sixty years have passed since the spread of Aikido overseas began. During this time, Aikido has become established in 130 countries. Aikido has taken root all over the world because it is recognized as a way to train the mind and body, and as such, its value extends beyond race and border. As a result of overseas promotion activities, in 1976, the International Aikido Federation (IAF) was established, the General Assembly of the Federation has been held every four years. In 1984, the International Aikido Federation became official member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Voluntary activities by international organizations and leaders dispatched by Japan Government Foundation, Leaders dispatched by Senior Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Youth of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also become active. Aikido is expected internationally now as a new culture of humanity in the 21st century. - Aikikai Foundation Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940, the Aikikai Foundation is the parent organization for the development and popularization of Aikido throughout the world. - Aikikai Aikido World Headquarters Establishment of Aikido schools, publication of books and newspapers about Aikido (Japanese and English). Establishment of branch dojos, dispatching of instructors to domestic and foreign regions and dojos management. Organization of Aikido public demonstrations and workshops. Other activities related to the dissemination of Aikido in general. - Other Organizations that promote and spread the development of Aikido International Aikido Federation (IAF Established in 1976) All-Japan Aikido Federation (Established in 1976) Ministry of Defense Aikido Federation (Established in 1961) National Student Aikido Federation (Established in 1961) National High School Aikido Federation (Established in 2002) - Aikido Tendokai Aikido Tendokai was established in 1992 and is a member of the Ontario Aikido Federation (OAF), the Canadian Aikido Federation (CAF) and is affiliated with Hombu (Aikikai). The chief instructor is Yumi Nakamura Sensei, ranked Rokudan (sixth-degree black belt). She trained in Japan, and has practiced for more than 40 years. Other Tendokai instructors include Rob Carroll Sensei - Godan (fifth-degree black belt). Aikido Tendokai is always open to accept both new students and the experienced Aikidoist. Aikido Tendokai is a not for profit organization.


Yumi Nakamura
Yumi Nakamura is the chief instructor at Aikido Tendokai. She currently holds 6th dan rank.


The camp is held at University of British Columbia - Okanagan campus in Kelowna, British Columbia.


Located on the sunny shores of Lake Okanagan, Kelowna offers a cure for whatever ails you. Are you stressed? In desperate need of some fun? Spend the weekend golfing, relaxing on the beach, visiting wineries, or exploring a nature trail.

Kelowna, a city of 111,000, is situated in the centre of the Okanagan Valley which stretches from Osoyoos at the American/Canadian border north to Vernon, British Columbia. This sun-drenched valley is chock-full of wineries and orchards and there is no better place to learn more about the vivid agricultural history of this region than at the B.C. Orchard and Wine Industry Museum in Kelowna. Spend the afternoon sipping wine at one of the many patio restaurants that overlook vineyards and Okanagan Lake.

History buffs should make a stop at the Father Pandosy Mission, established in the mid-19th century. Top off your day of relaxation or adventures with a spirit-lifting, moonlit cruise on the lake.



  • Gym
  • Fitness center
  • Swimming pool


  • Air conditioned room
  • Dining area
  • Garden


  • Free Wi Fi
  • Laundry


Food is not included in the price. At your dorm room, there is kitchen facility, where you can prepare your own meals. Other dining option can be eating out at nearby restaurants. On the night of June 23rd, there is a banquet where you can attend for an additional USD 30.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Grading opportunities
  • Training daily

What's not included

  • Banquet night
  • Food
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel expenses and insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and take a taxi to University of British Columbia - Okanagan campus.

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