Calligraphy by Isamu Takeshita


Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

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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), where training is used as a way for personal development, self-discipline and spiritual growth. Aikido is an attempt to actualize the `Spirit of Wa (harmony)' by refining technique, heart and ki (life force) through martial art training. Founder Morihei Ueshiba stated that Aikido is "not to create and fight enemies, but a practice to harmonize and become one with the ki of the universe" and "a life compass to lead to self-actualization and the improvement of one's mettle". It is also a wonderful educational system to polish oneself and to create a strong and flexible, well-balanced body and soul. [read more]

Dojo announcements

Kagami Biraki 2019 - January 12

Vancouver West Aikikai will hold its Kagami Biraki practice, ceremony and reception at the dojo on Saturday, January 12, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. This is a traditional celebration starting a new year of Aikido training (see here for more information on the Kagami Biraki tradition).

The event is free of charge. Guests are welcome, even if they only participate in the reception.

Ukemi Classes at VWA Cambie - starting January 2019

Starting on Friday, Jan 4, 2019, we are beginning an 8-week series of classes dedicated to ukemi practice, application, and principles. Classes will be held at VWA Cambie on Fridays, 7:30-8:45 pm, taught by Ramin Arvin. All levels are welcome!

VWA Fall Seminar - Nov 16-17, 2018

Vancouver West Aikikai is pleased to announce that Ishiyama Shihan and Paris, Macphail, Moline, and Groot Senseis will be giving a seminar in Vancouver on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Location: Friday at VWA Cambie (St Mary's Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 3140 Ash Street, Vancouver - close to Cambie at W 16th Ave, with free parking), and Saturday at VWA Jericho (the main dojo, at 4196 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver).

Friday, Nov 16 Saturday, Nov 17
7:00-7:30pm registration 9:00-9:30am registration
7:30-9:00pm Ishiyama 9:30-10:20am Moline
10:30-11.20am Paris
11:30-12:20pm Macphail
lunch break 1hr 10min (snacks, fruits, & water will be provided)
1:30-2:20pm Groot
2:30-3:40pm Ishiyama
3:50-5:00pm Dan Tests

Fees: Both days $60, Saturday only $50, Friday only $20, or $20 per class ($10.00 discount for students)

On-line Registration: You can register by following this link to on-line registration.

Billeting: contact Liz McKinlay ( or Bruce Riddick (

Testing: Candidates for dan testing please contact Bruce Riddick before November 1.

Party: There will be one on Saturday evening; details to be announced later.

New Friday classes at VWA Cambie

We are happy to announce that additional Aikido classes are now (as of May 4, 2018) offered on Fridays, 7:30 - 8:45 pm, at our second location, VWA Cambie, close to Cambie at W 16th Ave (at the gym of St Mary's Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 3140 Ash Street, Vancouver). These are combined beginners/regular classes taught by Ishu Ishiyama Sensei, Valentine Kabanets Sensei, and Ramin Arvin Sensei. New students are welcome!

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) during our beginners class time slot. You can join our beginners program at any time! We offer beginners' Aikido classes four times a week: Mon, Wed, and Sun at VWA Jericho, and Fri at VWA Cambie. Please see our class schedule for more details.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Title Location
Nov 16-17, 2018 Ishiyama Shihan & Paris, Macphail, Moline, and Groot Senseis VWA VWA fall seminar Vancouver
Dec 1, 2018 Groot, Ishiyama, & Mustard Senseis Aikidaily & English Bay Aikikai friendship seminar Vancouver
Apr 5-7, 2019 Fujimaki Shihan & Ishiyama Shihan VWA VWA spring seminar Vancouver
Jun 22-28, 2019 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF CAF summer camp Victoria, BC
Click on the date for more details about a seminar.

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


VWA Jericho


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

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