"Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything" - Morihei Ueshiba

Julian Ma - Makoto Aikido Dojo -6th Kyu

I was fascinated by the harmonious yet effective ways of Aikido as a martial art.

To me it is not only a marital art practice but a mental and spiritual practice as well.

Every training session takes me away from the hustle and tension of life into a place where I could describe it as “peaceful”.

Back to the basis, the breathing and truly a beginner again. Learning every step of the way.

Back in 2018, I contacted Sensei Bernie Ho through knowledge of his Dojo from a close friend.

Soon after the first trial lesson, I never looked back.

Currently I've joined just past 6 months and have recently attained my 6th Kyu. I would like to thank especially Sensei Bernie Ho and Assistant Instructor David Tan including all my seniors within the Dojo who have guided me through this journey, I truly enjoy every lesson I’ve attended. Looking forward to many years of training and contribution to the Dojo in days to come.

Makato Dojo possess a conducive, close knitted environment which is hard to find.

I would highly recommend Makoto Aikido Dojo and Sensei Bernie to anyone who is looking to explore Aikido.

It’s a great art to calm your mind down and focus your senses.

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In mid-2016, I was assigned by my organization to look at various martial arts for security officers and recommend one that meets the strict standards and matches closely with the orgn’s use of force policy. I was looking at a martial art that trains arm locks, takedowns and simple with no complicated multi step movements. 

In August 2016, I managed to contact Sensei Bernie Ho who is the Chief Instructor of Makoto Aikido and the founder/advisor with the Gurkha Dojo. Sensei patiently helped me understand the true spirit of Aikido and explained how it will enable security officers to handle physical confrontations and to de-escalate any hostile

situation. With limited practical knowledge and experience myself, I had my first trial lesson on 10 August 2016 at Makoto Aikido, 1 Guillemard Crescent, where the Singapore Judo Federation Dojo is located.

 

Bernie Sensei has built a great Aikido school through his excellent teaching ability and has created what we call ‘a true community of practice’. Sensei is a true ‘teacher’ and his techniques are impeccable. I was impressed by the professionalism of Bernie Sensei and his instructors. The facilities and camaraderie makes for a wonderful experience and the team is always willing to teach newcomers with patience.  I am very grateful for the structure, discipline and kindness I see at Makoto Aikido Dojo.

 

Currently, the team of security officers who are undergoing Aikido training have benefited from the skills and techniques taught during the training.

 

As for me, after training for 20 months, I have finally attained my 4th Kyu (brown belt). I am looking forward for many years of Aikido training with Makoto Aikido.

 

Similarly, if you are keen in exploring Aikido as a beginner regardless of age and gender or if you are planning to introduce Aikido skills and techniques for your security personnel, I highly recommend Chief Instructor Sensei Bernie Ho, Makoto Aikido Dojo.

 

“True Victory is Victory over Oneself” - Morihei Ueshiba Osensei

Rames S/O Algasmay 4th Kyu

The wonderful Martial of Aikido

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Our life, the physical reality we experience seems dictated by unending duality: mind and matter, body and soul, good and evil, love and hate. Yet from time to time there are masters that rise amongst us capable of guiding us beyond such realms to experience that All is but One, and the dualities we perceive are merely two faces of the same medal. In martial arts no one has expressed this better than Morisei Ueshiba the founder of Aikido. Today, the practice of Aikido has helped hundreds of thousands of people from elite corps to ordinary folks travel a martial journey beyond duality. In Aikido there are no enemies and there is no competition. The key to understanding the realm beyond duality is compassion and thus a great master must learn how to confront every challenge without hate or anger, and without harming the adversary.

I have been attracted to martial arts from a young age, but always felt Aikido was beyond my reach until I met the Makoto family. Makoto is not only a martial arts school, it is a close knitted community of people who support and help each other in the spiritual and martial journey of Aikido. Sensei Bernie Ho is the master that has made this extraordinary reality possible. Notwithstanding his exceptional achievements, he has always maintained that striking humility that only great masters achieve. He knows when to impose discipline and when to let you pause. He can spur children to rise above their own expectations without ever loosing the enthusiasm of a student on an endless learning journey.

I highly recommend Makoto Aikido for anyone serious about discovering the spirit of martial arts, and for all children to learn how to mend power and kindness under the same roof.

My son and I have reaped great physical and spiritual benefits from being part of the Makoto family and I will always be very grateful to Sensei Bernie Ho.

Carmelo Pistorio, Chairman and CEO of XiD Technologies and 6th Kyu Aikido practitioner

Aikido has no age limit

The oldest student with Makoto Aikido Mr. Louis Chan 63 years old 3rd Kyu

Learning and practicing Aikido have been a teenage dream come true for me although I was unable to realize this dream for various personal reasons until two and a half years ago when I turned sixty. I am very grateful to fellow students at the Makoto Aikido Dojo and especially Sensei Bernie Ho (Head of Dojo) for helping me fulfil this dream and to grow in my interest in the martial art.

The systematic approach to learning Aikido under Sensei Bernie Ho and the flexibility of being able to progress at my own pace had made it easier for me to adapt to the seemingly vigorous training. Besides helping me to be more disciplined in keeping to a healthy lifestyle, Aikido has enhanced my sense of awareness of my surroundings and made me feel more alive. Aikido is certainly a martial art without age barrier.

Louis Chan

Keen to learn

Makoto Aikido

Keen to learn from cross-cultural domains, I met Sensei Bernie Ho, who invited me to join his Dojo, Makoto Aikido, in July 2011.

My intention was simply to want to 'try out' Aikido. With no background in martial arts or even active sports until then, I had little faith in myself and imagined the experience/exposure to last, at the most, for 6 months! 

Today, I am 6 years into the practice and invite friends and fellow-travellers to join Makoto Aikido - a surprising inspiring community for me in Singapore.  

 

Makoto Aikdio - This is where I learn the tenets and basics of the philosophy through casual conversations with multiple practitioners, whose motivation and depth in their personal practices, leave me in awe. 

Makoto Aikido - This is where I learn the practical elements of Aikido martial arts from Sensei Bernie Ho, who has been welcoming, understanding, encouraging, appreciating my strengths and giving me critical feedback on my blind spots. His practice and resilience as the teacher, connector and community-builder in the Aikido world, is heart-felt. 

Makoto Aikido - This is where I learn the discovery process of harmony with my fellow-practice-mates, as young as 5 years old and as old as 65 years old, leveraging on each other's practice and growing confident, individually and collectively. This is where indeed the Mission, Vision and Values are aligned and tangible at every event/class under the guidance of Sensei. 

 

Thank you Makoto Aikido. A Bow to your essence.  

Natasha Dalmia 

Organisational Learning Facilitator, Executive Coach & Author 

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