Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

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Calligraphy by Master Ujita

Dojo announcements

Teaching Schedule for Fall 2016

From Sep 12 to Dec 31, when Ishiyama Sensei is out of town, the teaching assignment for regular classes is:

Date Instructor
Mondays Bruce Riddick
Wednesdays Valentine Kabanets
Saturdays Kim Riddick

For the fall semester, Valentine Kabanets will be the instructor for the beginners classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Anna Stukas will be the instructor for Sunday classes.

Introduction to Aikido - 6 classes - September 2016

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

Vancouver West Aikikai will be offering a special 2-week introductory course for teens and adults in September 2016. This will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:30pm and Sundays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, starting Sept 12 and ending Sept 25. The price for six classes is $50. You can register and pay through PayPal, or with cash or cheque at your first class. Please arrive a few minutes before class starts and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Beginner classes with discount

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

Free introductory class for new beginners

is on the last Monday of each month (except holidays) at 6:00pm.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Location
Oct 28-30th Osawa Hayato Shihan Agatsu Aïkido de Montréal (CAF) Montreal
Click on the date for more details about a seminar.

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


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.