David Yates Sensei

David Yates Sensei, 5th Dan Shidoin with the Canadian Aikido Federation (CAF), began his Aikido training in 1980 at the Ottawa Aikikai under Richard Ostrofsky Sensei, a student of Massimo di Villadorata of the Montreal Aikikai. Yates Sensei received his dan rankings up to 3rd dan from Yamada Sensei, founder of the New York Aikikai and the United States Aikido Federation, and his 4th and 5th dan rankings from Kawahara Shihan, former Technical Director of the CAF. Yates Sensei was given the title of CAF Shidoin by Kawahara Sensei in 2008.

As Shidoin, Yates Sensei has been invited to teach classes in cities across Canada and as far away as San Diego and Sydney, Australia.

Yates Sensei is currently President of the CAF, being elected in June 2012 after serving two terms as Vice-President. Yates Sensei also served multiple terms as President of the Ontario Aikido Federation (OAF), Treasurer of the OAF, and OAF Representative to the CAF.

On February 11th, 1985, Yates Sensei opened the Kanata Aikikai located in his home, where it remains to this day. Since the opening of the Kanata Aikikai, Yates Sensei has trained hundreds of adults and children in his powerful but graceful style of Aikido.

Assistant Instructors

Nick Petrescu - 3rd Dan

Nick Petrescu, Sandan (3nd degree black belt) has started training in Aikido in 1988. His black belt examinations were conducted by two of the world's leading Shihan (master instructors), Yamada Yoshimitsu Shihan, (Chairman of the Board of the United States Aikido Federation and the Latin America Aikido Federation) and Kawahara Yukio Shihan. Nick is an active CAF and OAF member and a registered Yudansha of the Hombu Aikikai in Japan.

Peter Johnson - 2nd Dan

Peter Johnson is a long time student of Sensei Yates and currently holds a Nidan (2nd degree black belt).

Chris Prud'Homme - 2nd Dan

Chris Prud’homme started his Aikido training in 1990. He quickly climbed the ranks and in 1997 he received his Shodan, followed by his Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in 2007. His Aikido continues to grow and evolve under Sensei Yates’ tutelage and as an Assistant Instructor with the Kanata Aikikai.

Classes are offered for both adults and children. Visitors are always welcome!

If you would like to watch a class (or join in) to see what Aikido is all about, please contact David Yates Sensei at (613)-592-2743 or by email: dcycel@gmail.com.

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