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. 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.

dojo announcements

CAF fall seminar with Osawa Hayato Shihan

October 28-30, 2022

VWA is honoured to host this year's CAF fall seminar with Osawa Sensei (8th dan, Hombu Aikikai). The seminar is planned for October 28-30, 2022, at the VWA Dunbar dojo (Immaculate Conception Parish gym, 3778 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver). The schedule is below.

10/28, Friday 10/29, Saturday 10/30, Sunday
7:30 - 9 pm: class by Osawa Sensei 9:30 - 10:30 am: warm-up class by a designated instructor 9 - 10 am: warm-up class by a designated instructor
  10:45 am - 12:15 pm: class by Osawa Sensei 10:15 am - 12:15 pm: class by Osawa Sensei
  12:15 - 1:45 pm: lunch break  
  1:45 - 3:15 pm: class by Osawa Sensei  
  3:30 - 4:45 pm: dan testing by Osawa Sensei & EC members  
  6 pm: banquet  

Dan Testing: Approval to take a Dan test must be requested at least one month in advance of the testing date. Click here for more information.

Tests pour ceinture noire (Yudansha): L’autorisation de passer un test Dan doit être demandée au moins un mois avant la date du test. Cliquez ici pour plus d’informations.

Fees: Early registration (before 10/10/2022): Full seminar $180; Sat & Sun $150; 1 day (Sat or Sun) $100; Fri only $40. Late registration (10/10/2022 or later): Full seminar $216; Sat & Sun $180; 1 day (Sat or Sun) $120; Fri only $48. The concession rate for under 18 year-olds and full-time students is 50% of the regular rates (early/late) posted above: full seminar $90/$108; Sat & Sun $75/$90; one day (Sat or Sun) $50/$60; Fri only $20/$24. NOTE: We prefer the fees to be paid by electronic transfer to pay2vwa@gmail.com; if you wish to pay by credit card (via PayPal), a 5% extra will be added to the posted fees to offset the PayPal processing fees.

More details to follow.

Starting classes at VWA Dunbar

January 26, 2022

We are very happy to announce that our Aikido classes at VWA Dunbar will be starting next Wednesday, January 26, 2022! The first class will start at 7:15 pm. Since we need to set up our rollup mats before each class now, please come to help with setup at least 30 min before the class.

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!

VWA Branch dojo at SFU Burnaby

May 2022

VWA is happy to announce that SFU Aikikai will continue as a VWA-affiliated dojo, with Valentine Kabanets Sensei as the head instructor. The program at SFU started on Tue, May 17, 2022. After a short summer break, we will continue Aikido classes at SFU on Sept 20, 2022.

The classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 pm, at SFU Burnaby Gym (East Gym).

You can register through SFU Athletics and Recreation using this link .

VWA New West

January 21, 2022

Please register on line via this link . Please see the schedule & fees section below for more details.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars

date instructor title place notes
Oct 28-30, 2022 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF fall seminar VWA Dunbar (Immaculate Conception Parish Gym), Vancouver, BC more details to follow

VWA Dunbar [main dojo]

3778 West 28th venue, Vancouver

VWA New West [branch dojo]

Centennial Community Centre, 65 East Sixth Avenue, New Westminster

SFU Aikikai [branch dojo]

Lorne Davies Complex (Central Gym), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

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

class schedule

day times level location instructor
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 19:15–20:45 all levels VWA Dunbar Valentine Kabanets Sensei
Thu 18:00–20:00 all levels SFU Aikikai Valentine Kabanets Sensei
Fri 19:45–21:00all levels VWA New West Ramin Arvin Sensei
Sat 10:30–12:00 all levels VWA Dunbar Valentine Kabanets Sensei

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)
monthly $100 ($60)
  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.

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

via PayPal


VWA 2018 spring seminar & 2020 outdoor classes