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Calligraphy by Isamu Takeshita

O-Sensei

Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

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Calligraphy

Calligraphy by Master Ujita

 
Morihei Ueshiba
Founder of Aikido

Why Practice Aikido?

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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 Meditation in Motion. The art is a tool to achieve self-mastery, and its effects are not restricted to the martial hall setting, but manifest themselves also off the mats in everyday life. 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. The genius of the Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei) was to change the focus of a traditional martial art from destroying an opponent to fostering peace and love.

It is impossible to describe in words what Aikido really is. The art is so vast and deep that everyone will see it differently, and will find in it different things. But everyone will benefit from the practice by developing their awareness and mindfulness, becoming more confident and open to the world, and reducing their daily stress. Of course, you need to start practicing Aikido to start understanding and benefiting from it!

We offer Aikido classes five days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All classes except Friday are at our Jericho location; the Friday classes are at our Cambie location.

You're welcome to come and watch a class! [read more]

Dojo announcements


Introduction to Aikido - 6 classes - September 9-22, 2019

If you are curious about what Aikido has to offer, this is your chance!

Vancouver West Aikikai will be offering a special 2-week introductory Aikido course for teens and adults in September 2019. The classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-7:20 pm, and Sundays, 6:00-7:00 pm, starting Mon, Sep 9, and ending Sun, Sep 22, at VWA Jericho. The price for six classes is $60. You can register and pay through PayPal, or with cash or cheque at your first class. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Summer schedule May 1 - September 8, 2019

We will have combined (all-levels) classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:15 - 8:30 pm, starting on May 1 (that is, no separate basics classes during the summer, but all students are welcome to attend our combined classes). Our classes on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays will continue as scheduled.

Friday classes at VWA Cambie

We are happy to continue our Aikido classes 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; a limited number of vouchers are available. For further information, please click here.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Title Location
Jun 22-28, 2019 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF CAF summer camp Victoria, BC
Oct 18-20, 2019 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF CAF fall seminar Quebec City, PQ
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
1940–2011

Vancouver West Aikikai a not for profit organization affiliated with the Aikikai Foundation (Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan), Canadian, & BC Aikido Federation.