Calligraphy by Isamu Takeshita


Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

bokken on stand

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

VWA Spring 2019 Seminar with Fujimaki Shihan

Hiroshi Fujimaki Shihan (7th dan Aikikai Hombu, Tokyo, Japan) will be a special guest instructor at our Spring 2019 Seminar, to be held April 5 - 7, 2019. Fujimaki Shihan regularly teaches seminars in various countries, and had accompanied Doshu to the Aikido seminar in Victoria, BC, in 2005. The April seminar with Fujimaki Shihan is supported and encouraged by Osawa Shihan. Classes will be taught by Fujimaki Shihan and Ishiyama Shihan.

On-line registration is now open! For more information, see here.

Hope to see you at the seminar!

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
Apr 5-7, 2019 Fujimaki Shihan & Ishiyama Shihan VWA VWA spring 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.