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. The ideal in Aikido is not to think of defeating attackers, but rather to be in harmony with them while neutralizing their attacks. Because the nature of Aikido philosophy is to promote harmony and non-conflict, there is no "sparring" during practice. Instead, training partners help each other learn the proper execution of various forms. [read more]

Dojo announcements

Summer schedule June-August 2018

Starting on June 4, 2018, we will have combined beginners/regular classes on Mondays & Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm, until September. The classes on Fridays and Saturdays will continue as scheduled. Our Sunday classes will become open-mat sessions (supervised by a yudansha), starting June 24 until September.

Spring 2018 Seminar Photos

The seminar photos (courtesy of Soeine) are now available in our gallery!

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 Ishiyama Sensei. New students are welcome!

Special themed seminar with Ishiyama Sensei - May 26

There will be a themed seminar with Ishiyama Shihan on Sat, May 26, 2018. This will be a 3-hour seminar (10am-1pm, with a couple of short breaks in-between) with special emphasis on basic forms and basic footwork in Aikido. This seminar is intended both for Aikido students and for Aikido instructors.

The theme of the seminar will be Learning basic forms of Aikido techniques and understanding basic footwork. (For instructors: Teaching basic forms of Aikido techniques and helping students understand basic footwork.)

Location: VWA Jericho (4196 West 4th Ave, Vancouver).

Schedule: 9:30-10 registration, 10-13 class (with short breaks)

Fees: $30 (students & non-working adults: $20).

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) at 6:00pm. You can join our beginners program at any time! We offer beginners' Aikido classes four times a week: Mon, Wed, and Sun starting at 6 pm at VWA Jericho, and Fri at 7:30 pm at VWA Cambie. Please see our class schedule for more details.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Location
May 26, 2018 Ishiyama Shihan VWA special themed seminar Vancouver
June 23-29, 2018 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF summer camp Calgary, AB
Oct 19-21, 2018 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF fall seminar Toronto, ON
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.