Born in St. John’s NL in October 1958, Tony Cumby shares his life with his wife of 25 years, Diane and their daughter Penny.
In September 1971, at age 12, Tony had been the victim of a beating by three boys in Bowering Park in St. John’s. He was highly motivated to prevent this happening again and joined the YM-YWCA then located on Kenna’s Hill. A very soft-spoken and kind English gentleman by the name of Graham Burt was the instructor for both Judo and Aikido and so began Tony’s lifelong study of Aikido. Within a few months, at the age of thirteen he was recruited to 510 Lions Air Cadet Squadron only to find that Sensei Burt also volunteered to teach both Judo and Aikido with this organization. He continued with both arts for 6 years, at which time he dropped Judo to follow Sensei Burt’s aikido teaching exclusively. In 1976 he graduated from the cadet program but stayed on as a civilian instructor teaching Aikido. This continued on and off over the years and he still remains with the Corps in this role. After the untimely death of Sensei Burt on August 4th 1979, he continued to train with Derm McDonald Sensei, who honoured the teachings of Sensei Burt.
In 1999 Tony recruited a small group of coworkers at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital to practice Aikido, this was named Bunch of Guys (BOG) Aikido by one of the members who shortly after, proposed a name change to Fudoshin Aikido. This fledgling group evolved with the addition and leadership of Tom Alteen Sensei to become Fudoshin Aikikai, an officially recognized member of the United States Aikido Federation.
Tony has found Aikido to be invaluable in coping with daily stress and has always found peace and support during practice. As founder and president of Fudoshin, he is driven to protect the ideal of a not-for-profit, membership owned and directed club with a focus on making Aikido fun and available to everyone.
In his long and diverse journey through Aikido, Tony has been influenced by many different teachers including Graham Burt Sensei, Derm McDonald Shihan, Tom Alteen Fukoshidoin, Kevin McDonald Shidoin, Bill McDonald Shidoin, and Mike Clair Sensei. He has also been fortunate to attend classes and seminars by Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, Yukio Kawahara Shihan, Donovan Waite Shihan, Claude Berthiaume Shihan, Robert Zimmerman Shihan, Yumi Nakamura Sensei, Isshu Ishiyama Shihan.