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

Easter weekend schedule Apr 19-22, 2019

  • Fri, Apr 19: no class at VWA Cambie
  • Sat, Apr 20: class as usual
  • Sun, Apr 21: no class
  • Mon, Apr 22: combined class 6:30 - 7:45 pm

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.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Title Location
May 11, 2019 Ishiyama Shihan VWA VWA themed mini-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.