Calligraphy by Isamu Takeshita


Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

bokken on stand

Calligraphy by Master Ujita

Morihei Ueshiba
Founder of Aikido

Aikido - The Art of Peace

Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Master Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). It is a path where the keen edge of the martial art training is used as a "way" for personal development, self-discipline and spiritual growth. The ideal in Aikido is not to think of defeating an attacker, but rather be in harmony with him in neutralizing his attack.

Because the nature of Aikido philosophy is to promote harmony and non-conflict, there is no "sparring" during practice. Instead, training partners help each other learn the proper execution of various forms. [read more]

Dojo announcements

Seminar with Ishiyama Sensei & guest instructors - April 14 -15

There will be a seminar with Ishu Ishiyama, Cecil Paris, Scott Macphail, Bob Moline, and Hilary Dawson Senseis at Vancouver West Aikikai on April 14 & 15, 2018.

Location: Saturday at the Jericho Hill Gym (uphill from the VWA dojo), and Sunday at the VWA dojo (4196 West 4th Ave, Vancouver).


Saturday, April 14 Sunday, April 15
9:30  - 10:00 registration
10:00 - 10:50 class 1: Dawson
11:00 - 11:50 class 2: Paris
12:00 - 12:50 class 3: Macphail
12:50 - 13:45 break
13:45 - 13:50 group photo
13:50 - 14:40 class 4: Ishiyama
14:45 - 15:30 class 5: Ishiyama
15:40 - 17:10 dan testing
18:00 - 21:00 party at Liz's
9:30 - 10:00 registration
10:00 - 10:50 class 6: Moline
11:00 - 12:10 class 7: Ishiyama
12:20 - 12:45 kyu testing

The first class on Saturday and the first class on Monday are beginners-friendly!

Fees: Both days $70 (students & non-working adults: $50), Saturday only $50 (students & non-working adults: $40), Sunday only $20 (students & non-working adults: $15), or $20 per class ($15 for students & non-working adults). The party at Liz's is $20.

Billeting: contact Liz McKinlay ( or Bruce Riddick (

The printable pdf version of this seminar announcement can be found here and the seminar poster can be downloaded here.

Because of the seminar, there will be no usual Sat morning class on Apr 14 and no Sun evening class on Apr 15. Folowing the seminar, there will be a combined beginners/regular class on Mon, Apr 16, at 6 pm, taught by Ishiyama Sensei.

Easter long weekend schedule - March 31 - April 2, 2018

As usual over a long weekend, we will have our Sat, Mar 31, class as scheduled, no class on Sun, Apr 1, and a combined beginners/regular class on Mon, Apr 2, starting at 6 pm.

Congratulations to Liz McKinlay

We wish to acknowledge and celebrate Liz McKinlay Sensei, 5-dan, for her nearly 40 years of contribution and dedication to our dojo and the Aikido community in British Columbia and Canada! [read more]

Beginner Aikido classes with discount

Vancouver West Aikikai is offering a Groupon for its beginner Aikido classes, with a substantial discount. There are a limited number of vouchers available. For further information, please click here.

Free introductory Aikido class for new beginners

is on the last Monday of each month (except holidays) at 6:00pm. You can join our beginners program at any time! We offer beginners' Aikido classes three times a week: Mon, Wed, and Sun starting at 6 pm. Please see our class schedule and fees for more details.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Location
Apr 14-15, 2018 (seminar poster) Ishiyama Shihan Vancouver West Aikikai Vancouver
May 26, 2018 Ishiyama Shihan VWA special 3-hour class Vancouver
June 23-29, 2018 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF summer camp Calgary, AB
Oct 19-21, 2018 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF fall seminar Toronto, ON
Click on the date for more details about a seminar.

Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho
(Chief Executive Director):
Ishu Ishiyama Shihan, 7th dan


Vancouver West Aikikai Dojo


Honourary Dojo-cho:
Y. Kawahara Shihan, 8th dan

Vancouver West Aikikai is affiliated with the Aikikai Foundation (Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan), Canadian Aikido Federation, & British Columbia Aikido Federation. Vancouver West Aikikai is a not for profit organization.