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Aikido Training School in Canada

Join Yukon Academy of Martial Arts' (YAMA) Uchideshi program and live right at the dojo. You will not only train but every part of your daily life becomes part of the training as well from body, mind, and spirit. Traditionally available only to those students who were earnest about dedicating their time for serious practice, this kind of training, though has never been easy, rewards the committed seekers great results.

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  • Daily training in Aikido
  • Study of strategy, spirituality, and meditation
  • Training in leadership skills and learning all aspects of dojo operation
  • Full access to libraries with hundreds of books and videos
  • Opportunity to receive Kyu and Dan ranks
  • Opportunities to become an instructor
  • 29 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


30 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will stay right at the dojo, taking part in the cleaning and taking care of the dojo.



Throughout history, committed students or disciples of the way or an art or spirituality have resided for a time within the mountains, monastery or dojo, with a master and other devoted students. There, a life is lived that is focused on discipline, ceaseless training, spirituality, and service to others. Through forging of the body and spirit, these Uchideshi - "inside students, disciples, or apprentices" - seek to develop character, true strength, and wisdom.

So, Uchideshi means "live-in student”, someone who wants to observe his instructor or master at close hand, to learn directly from him. The term is very similar in meaning to "apprentice" or better a "disciple" in the West. This is the traditional method of training for spiritual seeker or martial art professionals around the world, rooted deeply in Japanese culture and Christian tradition.

Yukon Academy of Martial Arts - dojo Uchideshi training involves intensive daily training in martial arts, study of strategy (chosen books on the subject) and spirituality or meditation, leadership skills, and the learning of all aspects of dojo operation.

Meantime focus on excellence in technique and instruction for personal development is given directly. Sensei Vitold Jordan views this training as the necessary foundation for future professional instructor in Bu-jutsu (martial arts of the samurai).

What should emerge from this training is a new person, like a brilliant sharp sword emerging from rough iron through the action of hammer and fire. The Uchideshi learns to see this very body and mind, moment to moment, as the true inner battlefield. Life in this way becomes Shugyo, the deepest possible physical and spiritual training available.

Uchideshis are permitted to maintain daytime-jobs. If you are out of Canada please check out work-visa availability. They reside at Yukon Academy of Martial Arts - dojo in Whitehorse, Yukon, and adhere to the daily schedule. An application and interview are required before acceptance is granted. A two-three months probation period is given, for both the student and sensei to gauge the potential success of participation.

Benefits of the program

  • Mastering self-defense and the martial art skills
  • Opportunity to receive Kyu (student) and Dan (Master) ranks
  • Opportunities to become an instructor of martial arts within Yeshua-Do Int'l
  • Achieve personal growth, higher self-esteem, and self-control
  • Practice unification of mind, body, and spirit
  • Learn and progress at an accelerated pace
  • Increase awareness and self-confidence
  • Enhance physical fitness and self-discipline
  • Practice honesty, integrity, and discipline in the Dojo as well as in daily life
  • Full access to Dojo libraries which includes hundreds of books and videos for personal study in depth
  • Develop leadership and social skills as you become a representative of YAMA or Yeshua-Do Int'l
  • Assist sensei in demonstrating techniques (being Uke) in regular classes and public demonstrations
  • Serve other students in the Dojo as a model practitioner of techniques and philosophies of Budo and Yeshua-Do
  • Assist in women self-defense courses and workshops for Yukon community
  • Assist in children and junior classes and to learn how to work with younger students
  • Assist and learn from anti-bullying "Peaceful-warrior" programs for Yukon Schools and Education, with a chance to receive a diploma in verbal self-defense, and even becoming a dully expert
  • Have sensei as a personal teacher and mentor

Uchideshi enrollment qualifications

  • Joining the uchideshi program is not a way to run away from society or oneself
  • A positive attitude is required to be a successful uchideshi
  • Both men and women are eligible
  • Applicants must be between 17 and 65 years of age
  • Healthy physical condition and the ability to train daily
  • Individual health insurance in good standing
  • Financial capability to support oneself for the length of the designated term
  • High-school diploma is required as minimum education

YAMA values and appreciates the fact that all members reflect a good moral and ethical conduct



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 not competition. The goal of Aikido training is not the perfection of a step or skill, 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 an 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 an 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)

Yukon Academy of Martial Arts

Yukon Academy of Martial Arts promotes non-violence, ethics and values, and happy and healthy lifestyle. Their program includes classes for children, youth, and women. YAMA specializes in self-defense courses and seminars and anti-bullying "Peaceful-warrior" program combined with non-violent, non-aggressive philosophy.

The “YAMA” Dojo offers the exclusive program which combines the main core of Bu-jutsu (martial arts of the samurai) training with highly specialized practical self-defense in: Aiki-jujutsu, Tai-jutsu, Aikido, Iai-jutsu, Ken-jutsu, Tameshi-giri (samurai sword cutting exercises), Jo-do (staff fighting), Archery, Tanto, and Shuriken-jutsu with body, mind, and spirit approach to the conflict resolution topped off by an empowering personal development and leadership skills.


Vitold Jordan
Sensei Vitold Jordan has spent many years devoted himself to training in the samurai martial arts, spirituality, and counseling, and has attained a certain level of expertise to qualify him as teacher and also mentor. Vitold has studied various martial art: Aikido/Aiki-jutsu (unarmed self-defense), Iaido/Ken-jutsu (Arts of samurai swordsmanship) and Jo-do (staff fighting) since 1976 with the world's most eminent Masters in the world.



This vast and thinly populated wilderness - most four-legged species far outnumber humans - has a grandeur and beauty only appreciated by experience. Few places in the world today have been so unchanged over the course of time as has the Yukon.

Aboriginal people, having eked out survival for thousands of years, hunt and trap as they always have. The Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 was the Yukon's high point of population, yet even its heritage is ephemeral, easily erased by time.

Any visit will mean much time outdoors. Canada's five tallest mountains and the world's largest ice fields below the Arctic are all within Kluane National Park. Canoe expeditions down the Yukon River are epic. You'll appreciate the people; join the offbeat vibe of Dawson City and the bustle of Whitehorse.


The leading city and capital of the Yukon, Whitehorse will likely have a prominent role in your journey. The territory's two great highways, the Alaska and the Klondike, cross here; it's a hub for transportation.

It was a terminus for the White Pass and Yukon Route railway from Skagway in the early 1900s, and during WWII was a major center for work on the Alaska Hwy. You'll find all manner of outfitters and services for explorations across the territory. Most of its residents have government-related jobs, but they escape for the outdoors no matter what the season.

Not immediately appealing, Whitehorse rewards the curious. It has a well-funded arts community (with an especially vibrant visual arts community), good restaurants, and a range of motels. Exploring the sights within earshot of the rushing Yukon River can easily take a day or more.

Look past the bland commercial buildings and you'll see a fair number of heritage ones awaiting discovery. In 1953, Whitehorse was made the capital of the territory, to the continuing regret of much smaller and isolated Dawson City.


Food is not included in the price. You will be responsible for your own meals during the stay.

What's included

  • 29 nights accommodation
  • All possible classes at dojo
  • Consumption of electricity, water, and use of facilities
  • Instruction

What's not included

  • Food
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Telephone calls
  • Travel expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (YXY) and take a taxi to the dojo.

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