Jun
20
Thu
6:00pm—7:30pm
Aikido Beginners [Berthiaume]
Jun 20 @ 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).

Jun
21
Fri
5:30pm—6:30pm
Iaido [Berthiaume]
Jun 21 @ 17:30 – 18:30
5:30pm—6:30pm<br>Iaido [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)

Jun
22
Sat
11:30am—12:30pm
Aikido Beginner [David]
Jun 22 @ 11:30 – 12:30
11:30am—12:30pm<br>Aikido Beginner [David]

Jean-René is introduced to aikido in 1993 by Alain Davidson at the Universty of Montreal’s CEPSUM. He quickly joins the ranks of Aikido de la montagne. He receives his black belt in 1998 and is promoted to Yondan (4th dan) in 2011.

He has been taught by Sensei Claude Berthiaume and the senior instructors of the dojo for over twenty years. For ten years he attended numerous seminars by Kanai Sensei. Today he continues to perfect his skills by attending seminars by Yamada Sensei and other masters from Japan, North America and Europe.

1:45pm—2:45pm
Iaido [Lefebvre / Bourguoin]
Jun 22 @ 13:45 – 14:45
1:45pm—2:45pm<br>Iaido [Lefebvre / Bourguoin]

Catherine Lefebvre started iaido in 2000 at the Aikikai of Universite Laval, Quebec, and then joined the Aikido de la Montagne in 2013.

She currently holds the rank of sandan in iaido.

She also practices aikido since 1999 and has the rank of nidan. She participates in numerous seminars of the East Coast United States Aikido Federation (USAF) and the Kiyoikaze Iaido Federation.

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Liliane Bourgouin is a Physical education teacher and holder of a diploma from the National Circus School, Liliane began her practice of Aikido in 2002 and iaido in 2004.

She is currently ranked 2nd degree black belt (Nidan) in Aikido and a 3rd degree black belt (Sandan) in iaido.