Winnipeg Aikikai joined the Winnipeg martial arts community in 1982 when Bernard Viau began giving classes at the University of Winnipeg. Aikido practise was very basic until a student, Tom Czyczko, invited Kawahara Shihan to visit Winnipeg. In 1990, Tom moved to Vancouver and trained directly under Kawahara Shihan where he obtained his shodan. In 1991 Tom moved to Tokyo and trained at the Aikikai World Headquarters, Hombu Dojo, for 5 years. He took instruction from Ni-Dai Doshu Ueshiba Kisshomaru, son of the founder of Aikido, and other legendary instructors. Tom returned to Winnipeg to instruct.
In 2012 Tom retired and his student, Warren, took over as dojo-cho. He found Tom's dojo after several years in other martial arts. A Yondan (4th degree black belt) Warren has trained at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo and brought that knowledge back to Winnipeg.
When Tom left Hombu Dojo he was presented this gift from Kisshomaru Doshu, son of the founder of Aikido.