Dec
11
Tue
6:00pm—7:30pm
Aikido Beginners [Berthiaume]
Dec 11 @ 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).

Dec
12
Wed
4:15pm—5:15pm
Kids 6 yrs old + [Davies]
Dec 12 @ 16:15 – 17:15

For kids 6 years old and over.

Dec
13
Thu
6:00pm—7:30pm
Aikido Beginners [Berthiaume]
Dec 13 @ 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).

Dec
15
Sat
8:45am—9:30am
Kids 6 yrs old + [Mounji]
Dec 15 @ 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.

9:30am—10:30am
Kids Yellow Stripe + [Mounji]
Dec 15 @ 09:30 – 10:30
9:30am—10:30am<br>Kids Yellow Stripe + [Mounji]

For kids 7 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.

10:30am—11:15am
Kids Green Stripe + [Mounji]
Dec 15 @ 10:30 – 11:15
10:30am—11:15am<br>Kids Green Stripe + [Mounji]

For kids with green belt 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.

11:30am—12:30pm
Aikido Beginner [David]
Dec 15 @ 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.