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. Studying Aikido teaches one how to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner by harmonising with an attacker's force to neutralise it. This art is so vast and deep that one can continue studying it for many years, always discovering something new! Since Aikido is based on working with universal energy (KI) rather than relying on muscle strength, individuals of any fitness level can practice.
``The Path is exceedingly vast. From ancient times to the present, even the greatest sages were unable to perceive and comprehend the entire truth; the explanations and teachings of masters and saints only express part of the whole. It is not possible for anyone to speak of such things in their entirety – just head for the light and heat, learn from the gods, and through the virtue of devoted practice become one with the divine. Seek enlightenment along the edge.'' – Morihei Ueshiba
The dojo class schedule for December:
The dojo will be taking a winter break from Dec 20 to Jan 1. Our first class in the new year will be a combined class on Mon, Jan 2, 2023, 6:30 - 7:45 pm.
Congratulations to Jim Callaghan and Will Welch on passing their 2nd kyu tests, and to Hector Moncada Hernandez on passing his shodan test! Well done, Jim, Will, and Hector!
We are continuing with Aikido classes at VWA Dunbar three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday). We are offering both basics classes (aimed at beginners) and regular classes (for all levels). New members (of any experience level) are always welcome! Please see the class schedule and our policies below.
The address of the dojo is 3778 West 28th Avenue (which is the parish address), but the actual gym is in the next building west (and the gym entrance is halfway between the 28th Ave and the 29th Ave). Please look for us! There is plenty of street parking on the 28th and 29th Avenues.
See you on the mats!
SFU Aikikai (a VWA-affiliated dojo, with Valentine Kabanets Sensei as the head instructor) continues to offer Aikido classes, starting Sept 20, 2022. The emphasis of these classes is on the Aikido basics. Beginners are especially welcome!
The classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 pm, at SFU Burnaby Gym (Central Gym).
|Mon||18:00–19:00||basic||VWA Dunbar||Megan Sekiya Sensei|
|Mon||19:15–20:45||all levels||VWA Dunbar||Valentine Kabanets Sensei|
|Tue||18:00–20:00||all levels||SFU Aikikai||Valentine Kabanets Sensei|
|Wed||18:00–19:00||basic||VWA Dunbar||Megan Sekiya Sensei|
|Wed||19:15–20:45||all levels||VWA Dunbar||Valentine Kabanets Sensei|
|Thu||18:00–20:00||all levels||SFU Aikikai||Valentine Kabanets Sensei|
|Fri||19:45–21:00||all levels||VWA New West||Ramin Arvin Sensei|
|Sat||10:30–12:00||all levels||VWA Dunbar||Valentine Kabanets Sensei|
NOTE: On statutory holiday Mondays, we have a single combined class (for all levels), 6:30-7:45 pm.
Classes at VWA Dunbar are taught by our Chief Instructor Ishiyama Sensei whenever he is in town.
See this VWA notice regarding our COVID policy.
|program @ VWA Dunbar||period||amount|
|gainfully employed adults
(students, unemployed, retired)
|4 months||$360 ($200)|
|intro six classes||Jan or Sep||$80|
|drop in||one class||$20|
For the full program at VWA New West, the fees are to be paid directly to the Centennial Community Centre via this link.
The students registered at VWA New West only, or at VWA Dunbar only, may take classes at the other VWA dojo, paying a drop-in fee of $10 per class.
For the program at SFU Aikikai, please register directly with SFU Recreation. The same drop-in arrangmement applies to SFU Aikikai students.
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.
Exceptions to these policies will be considered on an individual basis (see Sensei before the class).
cash or cheque at the dojo
e-transfer (preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org
VWA 2018 spring seminar & 2020 outdoor classes