AIkido Tanren Juku - AIkido Club of Calgary
Tanren Juku Aikido Club of Calgary, founded in 2000, is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the CAF (Canadian Aikido Federation) under technical direction from Yukio Kawahara Shihan (8th dan). The name Tanren Juku translates as "Spirit Forging Academy".
The word 'juku' was chosen over 'dojo' because “academy” implies a place where students learn more than martial arts. Becoming partners in the community through activities such as graffiti removal helps students take their training beyond just techniques. Students in the children’s class, for example, have the opportunity to become involved in the Character Development Program, where they have the opportunity to develop from participants to leaders and in turn have the foundations to create their own programs within the home, school, and community.