Calligraphy by Isamu Takeshita


Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

bokken on stand

Calligraphy by Master Ujita

Morihei Ueshiba
Founder of Aikido

Why Practice Aikido?


Aikido is a way of personal development through a traditional Japanese martial art. Aikido is often translated as the Art of Peace, and described as Meditation in Motion. The art is a tool to achieve self-mastery, and its effects are not restricted to the martial hall setting, but manifest themselves also off the mats in everyday life. The purpose of this art is to bring balance to one's mind and body, and by extension to promote peace and harmony in the world. The genius of the Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei) was to change the focus of a traditional martial art from destroying an opponent to fostering peace and love.

It is impossible to describe in words what Aikido really is. The art is so vast and deep that everyone will see it differently, and will find in it different things. But everyone will benefit from the practice by developing their awareness and mindfulness, becoming more confident and open to the world, and reducing their daily stress. Of course, you need to start practicing Aikido to start understanding and benefiting from it!

We offer Aikido classes five days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All classes except Friday are at our Jericho location; the Friday classes are at our Cambie location.

You're welcome to come and watch a class! [read more]

Dojo announcements

Cambie Series II - starting July 5, 2019

We are pleased to announce the next themed series of Friday classes at VWA Cambie with Ramin Arvin Sensei.

Cambie Series II: Starting from the beginning again!
The focus will be on the fundamentals of practice, centered-ness, breathing, and contact.

The first class in the series is Friday, July 5, 2019, 7:30 - 8:45 pm. These classes are open to Aikidokas of all levels from all dojos; a standard drop-in fee ($10/class) is requested from visitors.

Introduction to Aikido - 6 classes - September 9-25, 2019

If you are curious about what Aikido has to offer, this is your chance!

Vancouver West Aikikai will be offering a special three-week introductory Aikido course for teens and adults in September 2019. The classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-7:20 pm, starting Mon, Sep 9, and ending Wed, Sep 25, at VWA Jericho. The price for six classes is $60. You can register and pay through PayPal, or with cash or cheque at your first class. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Summer schedule May 1 - September 8, 2019

We will have combined (all-levels) classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 pm, starting on May 1 (that is, no separate basics classes during the summer, but all students are welcome to attend our combined classes). The Sunday classes will be "open mats" sessions; if you wish to attend on a particular Sunday, you need to enter your name in this online document so that the instructor knows you're coming. Also please arrange for a training partner to practice with; the instructor will be there to provide you feedback and make suggestions on how to improve your technique. Our classes on Fridays and Saturdays will continue as scheduled.

Friday classes at VWA Cambie

We are happy to continue our Aikido classes 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; a limited number of vouchers are available. For further information, please click here.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Title Location
Oct 18-20, 2019 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF CAF fall seminar Quebec City, PQ
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.