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 the Meditation in Motion. 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. Aikido is so vast and deep that everyone will experience it differently. But everyone will benefit by developing their awareness and mindfulness, becoming more confident and open to the world, and reducing their daily stress.

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

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.

Cambie Series II - July 5, 2019 - ongoing

The themed series of Friday classes at VWA Cambie with Ramin Arvin Sensei

Cambie Series II: Starting from the beginning again!
is continuing on Fridays, 7:30-8:45 pm. The focus is on the fundamentals of practice, centered-ness, breathing, and contact.

These classes are open to Aikidokas of all levels from all dojos; a standard drop-in fee ($10/class) is requested from visitors.

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
Sep 15, 2019 Kim Riddick, Yelena Ryabova, and Myrna Harrod-Taniguti Senseis North Delta Aikikai beginners' seminar Surrey
Oct 18-20, 2019 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF CAF fall seminar Quebec City, PQ
Nov 15-16, 2019 Ishiyama Shihan VWA VWA fall seminar Vancouver
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.