Kids 6 yrs old + [Davies]
Feb 20 @ 16:15 – 17:15

For kids 6 years old and over.

Aikido Beginners [Berthiaume]
Feb 21 @ 18:00 – 19:30
6:00pm—7:30pm<br>Aikido Beginners [Berthiaume]

Claude Berthiaume began practicing aikido at the age of 17, under the direction of René Gauvin. When the latter retired in 1972, Claude joined the Montreal Aikikai, directed by Massimo Di Villadorata.
In 1974, he obtained his black belt and became the first Aikido instructor of the Service des sports at Université du Québec à Montréal, where he was finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. At the same time, he began studying Iaido under Kanai Shihan.

In 1981, Berthiaume made a trip to Japan where he trained extensively.

In 1983 he became co-founder of the Centre Métropolitain d’Aikido and developed close ties with Yamada Shihan and more so Kanai Shihan, two students of Morehei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido. Under their supervision, he traveled extensively in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, South America and various European countries to attend over twenty seminars every year.

In 1988, Centre Métropolitain d’Aikido and Aikido Kensankai, an older Montréal dojo, merge to become Aikido de la Montagne. Berthiaume becomes the chief instructor a task that he has carried ever since. He teaches at the dojo 6 days per week.

Claude Berthiaume is one of the 7 technical directors of the East Coast United States Aikido Federation (USAF). He has been awarded a 7th degree black belt in 2004 and the title of Shihan (Master Instructor).

Kids 6 yrs old + [Mounji]
Feb 23 @ 08:45 – 09:30
8:45am—9:30am<br>Kids 6 yrs old + [Mounji]

For kids 6 years old and over.

Mohamed Mounji started practicing aikido in 1989 at the age of 26, at the University of Montréal where Aïkido de la Montagne posted instructors (Pascal Tachereau and Pierre Fortin among others).

A year later he began attending the dojo to follow more closely the teachings of Claude Berthiaume. Since then, his only prolonged absence has been during his time in the Emirates en 2003 – 04 where Aïkido Al-Ain welcomed him as an invited instructor.

In 1995 Claude Berthiaume put him in charge of the Kids Aikido program. With K Onishi and others, he is among a team who take to heart the development of our young practitioners.