Ama has been fortunate to have spent time with many great teachers in pursuit of widening and deepening his love of Aikido.
Ama began his Aikido training in the UK and has been studying Aikido for over 20 years. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and Japan studying the art of Aikido. He has his third degree black belt ranking from the World Aikido Federation (Aikikai) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Ama spent over two years as an uchi-deshi (live in student) studying Aikido and has been fortunate to have spent time with many great teachers throughout Europe, the United States, and Japan.
In 2012, Ama met Sensei Mark Larson of Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo. Tatami Studio continues its Aikido study under the tutelage of Sensei Mark Larson, who has honoured Tatami Studio with the name Winnipeg Aiki Shuren Dojo.
Ama Mann is also a certified Dru Yoga and Dru Meditation teacher, travelling regularly to the Dru International Training Centre in Wales, UK, for continued guidance and professional development.
Ama has dedicated himself to the practice, study and teaching of yoga and meditation and has been incorporating its philosophy into his personal life after discovering its benefits in 1999. Being a lifelong learner, he has studied with world-renowned Dru Yoga and Meditation instructors in the UK and is committed to creating a safe, non-competitive space for his students to dive beneath the surface of their daily lives to find deeper meaning and inspiration.
Ama’s Yoga and Meditation classes offer creative sequences with intentional themes, emphasizing the importance of gentle movement, pranayama breathing techniques, mindfulness and meditation. Through his teaching methods, he hopes for his students to achieve balance both mentally, physically, and spiritually, while providing them with a practice that they can embody in their daily lives
Maria is passionate about working with children and youth to spark their true essence and give them a chance to shine!
Maria has trained in Shi Shin Toitsu Ki Aikido eight years, and Iwama Aikido over ten years. She has her second degree black belt ranking from the World Aikido Federation (Aikikai) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Maria has travelled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan to further her training with her technical advisor and teacher Mark Larson Sensei 6th dan, and other high ranked Aikido instructors she has met through Mark Larson Sensei.
Maria is a certified Dru Yoga Instructor. She completed a 200 hour yoga instructor training program at the International School of Dru Yoga in Wales, UK. Maria loves practicing all styles of yoga but loves to teach the gentler Dru Vinyasa Flow class that incorporates elements of restorative yoga. Inspired most by breath-to-breath movement connectivity, Maria’s classes are gentle, vinyasa-based and rooted in the idea that the personal practice of yoga is a resource that should be made accessible to every curious body. Expect to be welcomed whole heartedly, (regardless of level or background) and will leave feeling challenged…maybe even changed.
Maria is also a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor and has completed her Young Yoga Masters Teachers Certificate in Burlington, Ontario. She has been a guest children's yoga instructor with the Winnipeg School Division, Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, and various YMCA children and teen camps.
Maria has been dedicated to empowering children and youth, families and persons with disabilities both in her professional career as well as on her personal time for over two decades. She has developed and implemented programming for group homes, City of Winnipeg swimming programs and recreation centres. She has a broad range of experience working with children and youth in the areas of mental health, FAS/FASD, autism, Down syndrome, spinal cord injuries, amputees, and the blind. Maria is passionate about working with children and youth to spark their true essence and give them a chance to shine! Maria’s programs set a lifelong foundation for well being, building self esteem and nurtures their self-respect, creativity and imagination.