Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei)

bokken on stand

Calligraphy by Master Ujita

Morihei Ueshiba
Founder of Aikido

Dojo announcements

Combined Class on Dec 11

Following our weekend seminar, there will be a combined beginners/regular class on Mon, Dec 11, 7:30-9 pm (the regular class start time), taught by Ishiyama Sensei.

New Series of Ukemi Classes at Vancouver West Aikikai

Vancouver West Aikikai is happy to announce a new series of ukemi classes to be led by Ramin Arvin Sensei (5th dan). The first class is this Sunday, Dec 3, 4:30-5:30 pm, at our dojo. The second class of the series will be on Dec 17 (as there will be a seminar at VWA on Dec 9-10, and hence no regular classes on Sun, Dec 10).

The focus of the first class will be on forward roll and applications, as well as contact practice for forward roll. Each class will focus on a different type of ukemi. The overall goal of this series of classes is to help people become comfortable taking ukemi from anyone!

These classes are free of charge to the VWA dojo members; a standard drop-in fee of $10 per class is requested from visitors. The classes are open to Aikido practitioners of any level. Beginners are welcome!

Kagami Biraki 2018 - January 20

Vancouver West Aikikai will hold its Kagami Biraki practice, ceremony and reception at the dojo on Saturday, January 20, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. This is a traditional celebration starting a new year of Aikido training (see here for more information on the Kagami Biraki tradition). The event is free of charge. Guests are welcome, even if they only participate in the reception.

Vancouver West Aikikai Holiday Season Schedule

Between Christmas and New Year, we have the following schedule of Aikido classes:

Sat, Dec 23
regular class at 10:30 am
Sun, Dec 24
no class
Mon, Dec 25
no class
Wed, Dec 27
combined beginners/regular class at 6 pm
Sat, Dec 30
regular class at 10:30 am
Sun, Dec 31
no class
Mon, Jan 1, 2018
no class
Wed, Jan 3
combined beginners/regular class at 6 pm
Sat, Jan 6
regular class at 10:30 am
Sun, Jan 7
combined beginners/regular class at 6 pm

Our regular schedule resumes on Mon, Jan 8. We will have our Kagami Biraki on Sat, Jan 20.

Introduction to Aikido - 6 classes - January 8-21, 2018

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 January 2018. This will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15pm, and Sundays, 6:00-7:00pm, starting Mon, Jan 8, and ending Sun, Jan 21. 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 a few minutes before class starts and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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.

Free introductory Aikido class for new beginners

is on the last Monday of each month (except holidays) at 6:00pm.

Upcoming Aikido Seminars
Date Instructor Host Location
Dec 9-10, 2017 Ishiyama Shihan Vancouver West Aikikai Vancouver
Apr 12-13, 2018 Ishiyama Shihan Vancouver West Aikikai Vancouver
June 23-29, 2018 Osawa Hayato Shihan CAF summer camp Calgary, AB
Click on the date for more details about a seminar.

Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho
(Chief Executive Director):
Ishu Ishiyama Shihan, 7th dan


Vancouver West Aikikai Dojo


Honourary Dojo-cho:
Y. Kawahara Shihan, 8th dan

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