Sensei Anthea Pascaris is a 4th Degree black belt dan in Aikido, 1st dan in Iaido (the Art of Japanese Swordsmanship) and 1st dan in Karate – do. Anthea has been practising martial arts for 30 years and has trained with many master teachers and highly ranked instructors around the world from Japan to North America and Europe.
Anthea began her professional life as a Lawyer in Canada. Through the course of our conversation I discovered what shaped and influenced her journey into Karate and now, as a leader and teacher of the martial art known as Aikido. We explored the use and misuse of power as a woman, what it is to be feminine, girly and tough. There are so many gems Anthea brings through her experience and training both in the legal profession and through the discipline of training and teaching a martial art of such grace and power. It is truly a unique and wonderful conversation.
Aikido translates to:
The Way (Do)
Of Harmonising (Ai)
With The Energy of The Universe (Ki)
Anthea is Founder and Sensei of Notting Hill Akikai : the Dojo
“Aikido practice is purification of the body and mind on all levels. Nothing is too small or too big for our misogi” – O Sensei
(misogi – purification of body and mind – mentally washing away malicious, negative and petty thoughts).