History of Tenshinkai Aikido in Edmonton

The first Tenshinkai dojo in Edmonton was started in 1984 by Huu Tran Sensei and his brothers shortly after their emigration from Vietnam. Initially operating out of the University of Alberta Students’ Union Building, it would also move to Commonwealth Stadium and Westmount Community Centre. Many students of the school earned black belts, and some started their own Aikido schools which are still in operation today.


Bushido Budo Centre – Tenshinkai Aikido Edmonton was started by Huu Sensei in 2008 to facilitate the proliferation of Tenshinkai Aikido in Canada. It was initially located in a basement space on 118th Avenue, but moved to the Capilano Mall after flooding. When the middle section of the mall was demolished for redevelopment, the dojo was sub-leased from the Wise Warrior Gym west of St. Albert Trail.


Finally, seeking a better location, a space in Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre was renovated as a permanent dojo for the foreseeable future. We are very happy with the new space, and thankful to all of those who helped to make the move a reality.