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.

dojo announcements

VWA Annual General Meeting

March 4, 2020

The Dojo Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Wed, March 4, 2020, following the combined class 7 - 8:15 pm taught by Ishiyama Sensei. Please make every effort to attend, as there is a lot to discuss about the future of the dojo. There will be pizza and drinks.

New Sunday classes

February 2, 2020 – ongoing

We are happy to offer themed Sunday classes, 10:30 am - 12 pm. The first class on February 2 was a bokken class, taught by Ishiyama Sensei. The next class on February 23 will be on kaeshi waza, taught by Valentine Sensei. On March 8, Ramin Sensei will teach a class on randori. More themed classes to be announced later.

Seminar with Fujimaki Shihan as Guest Instructor at VWA

April 3-5, 2020

VWA is very happy to host a seminar with Fujimaki Shihan (7th dan, Aikikai Hombu Dojo) as our special guest instructor, on Apr 3-5, 2020, in Vancouver. This seminar has been endorsed and encouraged by Osawa Shihan (8th dan, Aikikai Hombu Dojo). Ishiyama Shihan, Chief Instructor of VWA, will also teach one or two classes during the seminar.

For more information about the seminar, including the on-line registration, please follow this link . The poster for the seminar is here .

Upcoming Aikido Seminars

date instructor title place
Apr 3 - 5, 2020 Fujimaki Shihan VWA spring seminar Vancouver
Jun 27 - Jul 3, 2020 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF summer camp Halifax, NS
Oct 9 - 11, 2020 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF fall seminar Vancouver

VWA Jericho

Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

VWA Cambie

St Mary's Ukrainian Cultural Centre Gym, 3140 Ash St, Vancouver

Vancouver West Aikikai, c/o E.M. McKinlay, 3927 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6S 1V2

class schedule

day times level location
Mon 16:45–17:45 children Jericho
  18:30–19:30 basics Jericho
  19:45–21:00 all levels Jericho
Wed 16:45–17:45 children Jericho
  18:30–19:30 basics Jericho
  19:45–21:00 all levels Jericho
Fri 19:30–20:45 all levels Cambie
Sat 10:30–12:00 all levels Jericho
Sun* 10:30–12:00 themed Jericho

* Our Sunday morning classes are special themed classes, and are held twice a month. There will be Sunday classes on Feb 2 (bokken), Feb 23 (kaeshi waza), and Mar 8 (randori); more dates to be announced later.

Note: On a long-weekend Monday, there will be a combined class 19:00–20:15. No long-weekend Sunday class.


program period amount
adults monthly $80
  Jan–Mar $210
  Apr–Jun $210
  Jul–Aug $140
  Sep–Dec $280
intro six classes Jan or Sep $60
drop in one class $10
children monthly none
(ages 7–13) Jan–Mar $200
  Apr–Jun $210
  Sep–Dec $240

Children's classes in 2020 start on Jan 13 and continue until Mar 11. No children's classes on Feb 17 & 19, 2020.

Groupon discount vouchers are available for beginners. 12-class books and family discounts are available for registered dojo members.

Basic policies

Beginners and visitors are welcome. Drop-in visitors will be required to sign a waiver at the dojo before practising. Please observe proper etiquette and adhere to the dojo Code of Conduct .

All dojo members are required to pay Canadian Aikido Federation and BC Aikido Federation annual dues.

New members must complete and sign a membership form and waiver . This may be done on arrival at the dojo, or you may save time by completing the form online and either printing it or emailing it to us.

The children's classes use a different membership form and waiver , which must be completed by parents before their children join the classes.

Exceptions to these policies will be considered on an individual basis (see Sensei before the class).

Payment methods

cash or cheque at the dojo

e-transfer (preferred) to pay2vwa@gmail.com, with Sensei's last name as the answer to your (arbitrary) security question

PayPal adults one-time
Student Name
PayPal adults monthly debit
Student Name(s)


VWA spring seminar 2018